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Arizona professor runs for Congress

March 23, 2010  |  Marcelo A. Quarantotto

Liberty University Online professor Dr. Bob Branch formally announced his candidacy for the United States Congress on March 10 for Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.

Branch, who is considered an expert in online post-secondary education, has been teaching LUO graduate and undergraduate technology and business courses for three years. He is also a subject matter expert for LUO, which involves evaluating courses every quarter.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to be working for Liberty University,” said Branch. “It’s a great institution — one to be proud of.”

As a Republican, Branch sees the current political climate to be one of “mistrust” and wants to restore Americans’ faith in the U.S. government. He said he wants to do what lawmakers are supposed to do: to see that “the goals and views of the district are heard and protected.”

Branch was raised in Western Pennsylvania by a single mother on welfare who taught him the importance of a good work ethic, to “not sit around and say, ‘Woe is me,’ but to put one foot in front of the other.’”

After his mother’s death and other hardships, including a football injury and a head-on automotive collision that cost him partial vision in his right eye, Branch said he was able to move forward because of what his mother had instilled in him and “by the hand of God.”

Branch, his wife Adell of almost 30 years and his son Benjamin live in Phoenix and attend PalmCroft Baptist Church.

For more information, visit his campaign website