Robert J. Harvie Jr., Board Chair
Term: 2020 to 2024
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Bob Harvie was elected to the Board of Bucks County Commissioners in November 2019, and was sworn into office on January 6, 2020. He was named chair of the board on January 5, 2022.
Born and raised in Bristol Borough, Commissioner Harvie is a lifelong Bucks County resident. After graduating from Bristol High School, Commissioner Harvie attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in history. He also has a master's degree in education from Holy Family University.
In 1999, he moved to Falls Township. Soon after, Commissioner Harvie became involved in government in Falls, serving on the Falls Township Planning Commission for two years. He then was elected to the Falls Township Board of Supervisors in 2003.
Re-elected twice, Commissioner Harvie served as chairman of the Board of Supervisors from 2008 to 2020, longer than anyone in the history of Falls Township. As a board member he was instrumental in bringing a new level of civility and professionalism to Falls Township government, and led the effort to invest in township infrastructure and improve the quality of life for all Falls residents.
Commissioner Harvie was raised in a family that emphasized community service, from youth sports to PTO to local government. This upbringing was a major catalyst for his wanting a career centered on public service and led to his becoming a high school social studies teacher, a career he maintained for 26 years.
For 20 years, Commissioner Harvie was a teacher and chairman of the Social Studies Department at Bucks County Technical High School (BCTHS). While at BCTHS, he initiated and ran the Beyond the Books program, which brought dozens of area military veterans, from World War II to the War on Terror, into classrooms to share their experiences with students.
Commissioner Harvie also:
- Acts as Chair of the Bucks County Board of Elections, Retirement Board and Board to Select Depositories
- Represents the commissioners on an array of government-affiliated entities, including the
- Bucks County Conservation District
- CCAP Energy, Environment and Land Use Committee
- Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority
- Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
- Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board