Bruce was elected to the Rowlett City Council in May of 2016, and is proud to call
Rowlett home since moving here in 1997. He has previously served in municipal service by serving on the Mesquite Hospital Authority, the Mesquite, Texas Planning and Zoning Commission, Comprehensive Master City Planning Committee in Texarkana, Texas, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board of Rowlett, Texas and was the Vice Chair.
Bruce is a member of the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce and the Rowlett Rotary Club where he is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also the President of Bruce Hargrave Charities. Bruce is a graduate of Leadership Texarkana. He is an avid golfer, garage sale enthusiast, and actor having acted in many old west, civil war reenactments, and theatre.
Bruce is retired having served 43 years in ministry as an ordained Southern Baptist Minister, 20 years in the Baptist Church and 23 years in the United Methodist Church. He has participated in 43 foreign missions. He has served the Texas House of Representatives three times as Guest Chaplain and the US Senate once. He presently serves on the Faith Based Advisory Board of the 4th Congressional District, John Ratcliffe, MC. Bruce also is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse NCAC level II counselor.
Bruce is married to Cathy, an accomplished classical pianist and one of the top Suzuki Method Piano teachers in America. Cathy's great great great grandfather was Josiah Bartlett who was the second signer of the Declaration of Independence. They have a daughter, Bethany, who is a hair stylist in Rockwall. Bruce and Cathy also have an "unofficial" daughter that they brought to the US from Russia to attend seminary and pursue her doctorate at TCU. Her name is Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez.
Bruce attended Stephen F. Austin State University on a full football scholarship and was a two-time letterman and is a graduate of Texarkana Community College, Dallas Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds a Doctorate in Administration/Personal Development from Luther Rice University in Lithonia, GA. Additionally, he has done continuing education at Harvard Medical School.