After schooling Bob Franks first completed an undergraduate degree ( undergraduate study ) at DePauw University in Indiana. A subsequent post-graduate studies in law at Southern Methodist University in Texas, he graduated from in 1976. After that, he was from 1976 to 1978 worked as a political consultant in New Jersey.
Frank later became one of the leaders of the Republican Party in New Jersey and for this 1978-1992 deputy in the lower house of the state parliament, the New Jersey General Assembly. During this time, he was considered a protégé of Thomas Kean, the governor of New Jersey from 1982 until 1990. Moreover, he was both manager of the Congress election campaign, as well as 1987-1989 and 1990-1992 Chairman of the Republican Party in the state.
He was elected as an MP in the House of Representatives of the United States in 1992. There he took after his re- elections in 1994, 1996 and 1998 from January 3, 1993 to January 3, 2001 the 7th Congressional District of New Jersey. During his membership in Congress, he was regarded as a conservative in fiscal policy and a liberal in social policy, who joined his party for a modification of abortion policy and a reorganization of campaign financing. Frank was a member of the Transport Committee of the House of Representatives.
In 2000, he ran for the Class 1 seat of the State of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, but was defeated in the election with almost 47:50 percent of the vote to his opponent from the Democratic Party, Jon Corzine. Nevertheless, he became a personal friend of Corzine and was temporarily working for them as consultants. Franks competed unsuccessfully in 2001 for the nomination of the Republican Party for the office of governor.
He then became director of the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey, a lobby pharmaceutical companies and medical technology companies. Frank passed away in April 2010 from the effects of cancer.