Council Member Ward #3
Council Member Cunningham escaped “below the tension line” from Houston over a decade ago and with his wife, Janet, built their distinctive round yellow home overlooking Little Bay. He appreciates Rockport’s small-town features and unique coastal environment as major reasons folks live here or visit, and as key values to preserve in sustaining our outdoor lifestyle, strong property values, and thriving businesses.
Elected in 2019, Bob represents constituents within Ward 3’s geographic area in the context of wider City interests. Ward 3 consists of northeastern portions of the City from Aransas Bay across to Bus. Hwy 35 extending from the northern City boundary at Palmetto down to the foot of Little Bay, then south of Enterprise bounded by Live Oak and Bus. Hwy 35. As an elected representative he believes government should be appropriately humble, encouraging fair treatment, transparent communication, and opportunity for meaningful exchange with citizens to inform decisions on important issues
Bob came to Texas directly from law school to practice maritime law in Houston, aside from a stint with the Department of Justice representing the United States in maritime litigation throughout the Pacific Coast. He transitioned to a policyholder-side insurance coverage practice with emphasis on sophisticated energy and offshore marine risks, for which he enjoys a statewide professional reputation. Bob serves as an officer of the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar, and continues to work for his Houston-based law firm remotely from his Rockport home.
Bob also serves as President of the Mid-Coast Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists and is an active steward of our natural environment with a particular focus on the conditions in Little Bay. He is a member of Sacred Heart parish and the Knights of Columbus. Bob and Janet’s travel often involves visiting their children (and grandchildren!) in far flung Denmark, Norway, Connecticut and California.
Council Member Cunningham acts as liaison to the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program and the Tree & Landscape Committee, and as alternate to the Parks & Leisure Services Advisory Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Aransas Pathways, and Stormwater & Floodplain Management Advisory Committee. He also serves as the City's alternate director on the Aransas County Alliance Local Government Corporation (LGC) which guides intergovernmental efforts to promote local economic development. Bob strives to attend meetings of the County’s Commissioners Court and Navigation District to remain informed and involved on issues of mutual interest and overlapping jurisdiction.