Robert W. Cherry began his duties with the government relations division of Indiana Farm Bureau in 1988. He is the local government director, specializing in public education, an area which includes school financing and teacher‑related issues. He also works with local affairs and policy development.
Prior to joining Farm Bureau, Cherry was employed by the Farm Credit System, rising to senior loan officer in special accounts.
A native of Hancock County, Cherry previously worked in the education department of Indiana Farm Bureau, including the Young Farmer program. He taught vocational agriculture at Greenfield Central High School. He has also been employed by the Indiana Department of Public Instruction, Division of Vocational Education, where he was agribusiness education consultant and Indiana Young Farmers Association executive secretary.
Cherry values community involvement and stays active in Hancock County and beyond. He served as a Hancock County Councilman and is a former member of the Hancock County Planning Commission and Greenfield Board of Zoning Appeals. He was appointed by the governor to the State Board of Tax Commissioners and is that past chairman of the Agricultural Advisory Council.
While serving his second term as Hancock County councilman, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1998. Now serving his fourth term, Cherry is on the House Ways and Means Committee, and the House Technology Committee. He also holds the leadership position of assistant caucus chair.
A 1969 graduate of Purdue University, Cherry majored in animal science and agriculture education.
Cherry is a member of the Elks, Kiwanis Club, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine.
Cherry resides on his family farm in Hancock County. He has three grown children, including twin sons, a daughter and two granddaughters.