Robert L. Rock
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Robert L. Rock
Robert L. Rock
30th Mayor of Anderson, Indiana

J. Ed Flanagan
Thomas R. McMahan
50th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana

January 11, 1965 - January 13, 1969
GovernorRoger D. Branigin
Richard O. Ristine
Richard E. Folz
Member of the
Indiana House of Representatives
from Madison County

November 5, 1958 - November 4, 1964
Multi-member district[1]
Multi-member district

November 3, 1954 - November 7, 1956
Multi-member district
Multi-member district
Personal details
Born(1927-09-08)September 8, 1927
Alexandria, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJanuary 9, 2013(2013-01-09) (aged 85)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Mary Jo Ferguson
(m. 1956)
Alma materIndiana University

Robert L. Rock (September 8, 1927 – January 9, 2013) was an American politician who served as the Lieutenant Governor of Indiana from 1965 to 1969 and as the Mayor of Anderson, Indiana from 1972 to 1980. He was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Indiana in 1968, but lost to Republican Edgar Whitcomb.

Early life

Born in Alexandria, Indiana, Rock grew up in Anderson, Indiana. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a hospital corpsman at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in business in 1951.[2]

Political career

In 1954, at the age of 26, Rock was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives as a Democrat serving in the 1955, 1959, 1961, and 1963 sessions. Then he served as Lieutenant Governor of Indiana from 1965 to 1969. In 1968, Rock won the Democratic nomination for Governor of Indiana, but lost the general election to Republican Secretary of State Edgar Whitcomb. He later served as Mayor of Anderson, Indiana from 1972 to 1980, where he established the Anderson Housing Authority Commission and the City of Anderson Transportation System (CATS).

Personal life

In 1956, he married Mary Jo Ferguson with whom he had four children and later nine grandchildren.


Rock died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 9, 2013 at the age of 85.[3][4][5]


Party political offices
Preceded by
Roger D. Branigin
Democratic nominee for Governor of Indiana
Succeeded by
Matthew E. Welsh
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard O. Ristine
Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
1965 – 1969
Succeeded by
Richard E. Folz

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