Robert Husseman moved to Keizer with his parents and siblings in 1995, when he was six years old. Robert's parents subscribed to The Oregonian, the Statesman Journal and the Keizertimes, and he grew up reading about local politics following a thorough examination of the sports and comics sections. More than twenty-seven years later, Robert was sworn into Keizer City Council position No. 5, the fulfillment of a desire to serve the community he has long called home.
Robert attended Clear Lake Elementary School, Whiteaker Middle School and McNary High School in Keizer, graduating from the last as one of six valedictorians in the class of 2006. Robert played tennis, participated in the National Honor Society and won a state spelling bee championship for the Celtics in his senior season. Robert matriculated to the University of Oregon and graduated in 2011 with bachelor's degrees in mathematics and business administration, also completing instruction within the Robert D. Clark Honors College.
Robert participated in Keizer Youth Basketball Association (KYBA) as a player and referee and Keizer Little League (KLL) as a player and volunteer scorekeeper. He spent two summers interning for the Keizertimes and later worked for the Oregon Daily Emerald (Eugene), the Bulletin (Bend), the Del Norte Triplicate (Crescent City, Calif.) and the Yamhill Valley News-Register (McMinnville) as a staff reporter or editor, primarily covering sports and business. Robert remains a freelance journalist who has written for the Seattle Times, The Register-Guard (Eugene) and 1889 Washington Magazine, among other publications. Robert has won honors for his work from the National Newspaper Association, the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) and the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association (ONPA), among other industry groups.
Robert matriculated to Willamette University and earned a master's in business administration (MBA) in 2018. He presently works as a supply chain analyst for a Fortune 100 company headquartered in Washington County, Oregon. Outside of work and community functions, you may catch Robert cycling through the streets of Keizer, playing tennis, reading fiction, or indulging in his passion for architecture.
Robert is the son of Michele Husseman, a Crystal Apple Award winner with Salem-Keizer Public Schools, and Steve Husseman, a longtime educator in the mid-Valley.