Edward R. Tinsley

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Edward Roy Tinsley, III

(Texas-New Mexico businessman
and entrepreneur)

Edward Tinsley of NM.jpg

Born August 26, 1952
Lamesa, Dawson County, Texas, USA

Resident of Flying W. Diamond Ranch, Inc.
Capita, Lincoln County, New Mexico

Political Party Republican candidate for United States House of Representatives (2002 and 2008)

Alma mater:
University of Texas at Austin
Texas Tech University School of Law (Lubbock)

Spouse Meredith George Tinsley

Edward and Ede Tinsley
Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Tinsley, Jr.

Religion United Methodist Church

Edward Roy Tinsley, III (born August 26, 1952), is an attorney, rancher, and businessman with interests in petroleum, natural gas, and restaurants who has twice failed in Republican bids for the United States House of Representatives for the 2nd congressional district of his adopted state of New Mexico.

Tinsley is the franchisor of K-Bob's Steakhouse, the food for which is made from scratch. K-Bob's is based primarily in New Mexico and his native Texas. The company motto is "Served with Love, Made with pride." There are nine existing K-Bob's outlets, including one in Canon City, Colorado.[1]Tinsley and his wife, the former Meredith George, reside on their Flying W Diamond Ranch, Inc., in Capitan in Lincoln County, New Mexico.[2]


Tinsley was born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tinsley, Jr., in Lamesa in Dawson County, south of Lubbock in West Texas. Growing up in Lamesa, he recalled a simple life of "the school, the church, and K-Bob’s", which had been founded in 1966 by Gabe E. Parson in Clovis, New Mexico.[3] He graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. In 1977, he received his Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock. In 1978, he became a territory franchisee for Schlotzsky's, a sandwich and soup chain based in Austin. He purchased the rights to develop Schlotzsky’s in New Mexico and southern Colorado.[2] At that time, he also owned a food-processing and distribution company known as Sun Country Honey.[4]

In 1989, K-Bob's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. After a year of negotiations, Tinsley acquired the company in April 1991. K-Bob’s, Inc., was hence transformed into K-Bob’s USA, Inc., and the latter was required to pay debts to creditors of the former over a 10-year period. Since the purchase, Tinsley concentrated on the roots of his company, having personally met his franchisees, and he launched a monthly corporate newsletter called The T-Bone Tribune.[4]

Political matters

Tinsley was a supporter of former U.S. President George W. Bush, who appointed him to the board of the scenic Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico.[2] In 2002, Tinsley ran unsuccessfully for the Republican congressional nomination to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the late GOP Representative Joseph Richard "Joe" Skeen. Instead, the party choice and the general election victory went to intra-party rival Steve Pearce,[2]who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2018.

In 2008, Pearce did not seek a fourth term in the U.S. House but instead ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate seat vacated by veteran Republican Pete Domenici of Albuquerque. Tinsley won a five-person Republican primary to succeed Pearce, but he lost the November 4 general election to the Democrat Harry Teague, an oilman from Hobbs, the first Democrat to win the post since 1978, the year that Domenici was elected to his second term as a senator.[5]

In the 2008 campaign, Tinsley came under Democratic fire for allegedly underpaying employees and for not establishing a K-Bob’s in the state capital in Santa Fe, where the company is headquartered. Santa Fe is not in the 2nd congressional district, but Tinsley’s ranch is within its boundaries.

After the primary campaign, Mrs. Tinsley removed the word "Republican" from campaign signs to recycle their use for the general election. The Tinsley campaign said that it would highlight conservative themes, rather than party affiliation in what turned out to have been a heavily Democratic year in New Mexico,[6] since the political norm in the "Land of Enchantment."

The candidates differed philosophically on numerous issues, including immigration. Tinsley supported border-enforcement only, while Teague favoed a path to citizenship of illegal aliens. The 2nd congressional district has the largest population of Hispanics in New Mexico, but the majority are unregistered or ineligible to vote. Others issues in the race were the North American Free Trade Agreement and illegal border drug trafficking.[7] Santa Fe is not in the 2nd congressional district, but Tinsley’s ranch is within the boundaries. Teague ultimately prevailed with 127,640 ballots (55.8 percent) to Tinsley's 101,084 (44.2 percent).

Community service

In 1992, Tinsley received the Silver Spoon Award for community service from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo. He was formerly inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame. He has been active in industry forums and has been a board member of several nonprofit associations, including the Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital Foundation in Albuquerque and the Braford Cattle Association in Kansas City, Missouri. He has also served on the board of Texas American Bank in Midland. From 2006 to 2007, Tinsley was chairman of the board of the National Restaurant Association, a position which required extensive travel throughout the United States and into Mexico, China, and Turkey.[2][8]

His Tinsley Hospitality Group is the master franchisor of K-Bob’s.[9] After the 2008 congressional campaign, Tinsley indicated that he would seek to expand the number of franchisees.[2]

The Tinsleys have two adult children, Edward, a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles and the London School of Economics, and Ede, who completed studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The Tinsleys attend the United Methodist Church in Capitan, New Mexico.[2]


  1. Locations of K-Bob's Restaurants. K-Bob's. Retrieved on November 15, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Edward R. Tinsley. Kbobs.com (July 13, 2011). Retrieved on July 13, 2011; no longer on-line.
  3. K-Bob’s: Serving the Food America Loves. Kbobs.com (July 3, 2008). Retrieved on November 14, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Robin Lee Allen (February 10, 1992). K-Bob’s rises up out of Chapter 11 ashes. Nation’s Restaurant News. Retrieved on July 8, 2009; no longer on-line.
  5. Benjamin J. Guthrie. Statistics of the Congressional Elections of November 7, 1978. clerk.house.gov. Retrieved on November 14, 2019.
  6. Tinsley campaign downplays GOP affiliation. haussamen.blogspot.com. Retrieved on July 19, 2009; no longer on-line.
  7. Pearce (Open-NM-2). Retrieved on July 8, 2009; no longer on-line.
  8. Annika Stensson (May 21, 2006). Edward R. Tinsley Elected Chairman of the National Restaurant Association Board. National Restaurant Association Board. Retrieved on November 14, 2019.
  9. K-Bob’s hires Back-Yard vet Myers as new CEO. Nation’s Restaurant News (September 10, 2007). Retrieved on July 8, 2009; no longer on-line.