Michigan State House District 28
Robert Kull comes from a family devoted to hard work and public service. He follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Phil Kull, a Teamster of Local 29 and truck driver, who served on the board for the Jefferson Public School District for over 20 years, and his father, Rick Kull, a UAW member of Local 247 & 387 skilled trades carpenter at Ford, who served on the Jefferson Public School District for 15 years. His mother, Jean Lamour Kull, has taught in the Jefferson Public School District for over 30 years and is a member of the Jefferson Education Association and MEA.
Rob is a proud graduate of Jefferson High School who later went on to attend Eastern Michigan University where he studied Political Science and served as Vice-President of the Student Body. While at EMU, Rob volunteered for the late Kate Ebli and her campaign for State Representative. This experience inspired Rob’s interest in Michigan legislative politics and more opportunities to serve his community.
In 2009 due to the Great Recession, Rob left EMU to join the US Navy where he proudly served as an Airframes Structural Mechanic in Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-32. Rob completed two sea deployments with VFA-32 onboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. A decorated Veteran, Rob earned his Aviation Warfare Specialist wings and was a recipient of the National Defense Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, and the Sea Service Medal.
Following his time in the Navy, Rob fulfilled his lifelong dream of graduating from college. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Management and Policy from the University of Arizona as a recipient of the Post-911 GI Bill. Rob was involved in Student Veterans of America and served as the Constituent Services Director for Tucson Vice Mayor Paul Cunningham during his time in Tucson.
While studying in Arizona, Rob served as the Arizona State Democratic Veterans Caucus Chair. Traveling the state and hearing from Veterans about their difficulties obtaining services and navigating the VA system inspired him to commit his professional career to the betterment of his fellow Veterans. Rob went on to serve as the Veterans and Rural Outreach Coordinator for Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown’s 2018 campaign and the Veterans Outreach Director for Amy McGrath’s 2020 Senate bid in Kentucky.
In 2021, Rob was named the Veterans Affairs Director in Monroe County, Michigan where he now serves Veterans and their families in his hometown. In this position, he serves as the Veterans Service Officer for Monroe County, and regularly meets with local Veterans and their families to assist them in obtaining their hard-earned benefits. Rob has increased engagement with this office, including contacts with over 800 Veterans and their family members. He has been instrumental in advocating for expanded emergency financial assistance for Veterans through the Monroe County Veterans Commission. Rob continues to be an outspoken advocate for the servicemen and women of Michigan.
In addition to his official capacity, Rob is actively involved in his community, coaching T-Ball with Monroe Parks and Recreation and Men’s Varsity Soccer at Jefferson High School. Rob continues his military service with the Michigan Army National Guard where he is an Officer Candidate. He is also a lifetime member of VFW Post 1138. He is also a member of AmVets Post 1947, the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers, the Michigan Association of County Veteran Service Officers, Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association, and United Soccer Coaches. Rob served as Treasurer of the Monroe County Democratic Party and is a member of the 7th Congressional District Democrats and the Michigan Democratic Party, where he served on the Rules committee.
Rob and his wife Jessica, a Downriver educator, have a four-year-old son, Jude Francis.