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Bob Kent is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress in
the 3rd District of California. With seven percent more
registered Democrats than Republicans, the seat is loosely
held by a one-term Republican.
Bob Kent is truly an example of American diversity. Born
in Japan to Yaeko Takizawa and Bill Kent, a U.S. soldier,
Bobís early years were spent at military bases around the
world. He attended college at Brigham Young University,
majoring in Zoology. While at BYU he joined the Army
Reserve Officer Training Program. Seeking a connection
with his fatherís Native American roots, Bob became a
member of the Tribe of Many Feathers, a Multi-cultural
Student Organization of Brigham Young University composed
of representatives from various Indian nations.
Bob began his career in 1973
working as a public health investigator
in Monterey County.
This experience led to a job as
a communicable disease specialist
in Solano County. While
there he worked to combat the
spread of infectious diseases
through diligent epidemiological
analysis. He continued his
service to the public as a peace
officer for the Seaside, California
In 1979, Bob and his brother
Tom founded Phoenix Associates,
a corporate training and
development firm. Their focus
was to help companies in the
United States compete effectively
in the highly competitive
Pacific Rim market. From its
humble beginning in an apartment
to its large offices today,
Phoenix Associates employs
more than 120 people and has a client list of more than
one hundred Fortune 500 companies. Considered an
American success story, Phoenix Associates is lauded as
one of the dominant players in the Japanese American corporate
training and development market today.
Bob, has been a community activist wherever he is. At
present, he is a member of the California Democratic
Partyís Executive Board. Bob served as Chairperson of
the Sutter County Democratic Central Committee. He formerly
served as president of the Japan Chapter of the Japanese
American Citizenís League, and is currently a Life
Member. Bob also served as a board member of the Japanese
Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.
He was active in the successful effort to pass Measure
S, the Yuba City school bond measure, as well as efforts
to bring the Calpine energy plant to Sutter County
providing 250 well-paying jobs to local residents.
Bob has set-up a number of programs designed to help
troubled youth. These include both boxing and judo programs.
This effort resulted in taking at-risk youths off the
streets and channeling their energies
in a positive direction. To assist in
these efforts, Bob brought his own
experience as a judo practitioner
(4th degree black belt) and record
as an amateur boxer (58-2, 40 by
KO). While living in Monterey, Bob
taught judo for several years at the
Monterey Buddhist Church. In the
past Bob also coached basketball,
soccer and was active in the Boy
Scouts of America.
Bobís greatest pride is his family:
his wife Carol and their seven children.
Tom, Sarah and Beverly have
followed their father into the Pacific
Rim business. Jason is in Taipei,
Taiwan and Jennifer is in Tokyo,
Japan, on missions for their church.
Lauren and Aryn the youngest, live
In addition to being the Democratic
nominee for the 3rd Congressional
Office in California he has been endorsed by the California
Democratic Party, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Governor
Gray Davis, and former Congressman Vic Fazio, who
represented the 3rd District for 20 years and other elected,
business and community leaders.