Bob Filner

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Bob Filner
Bob Filner.jpg
Mayor of San Diego
Former official
In office
December 3, 2012-August 30, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives
San Diego City Council
San Diego School Board
Bachelor'sCornell University
Master'sUniversity of Delaware
Ph.D.Cornell University
Date of birthSeptember 4, 1942
Place of birthPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Office website
Campaign website
Bob Filner (b. September 4, 1942) is an American politician who previously served as mayor of San Diego and a member of Congress.

Filner was a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 51st Congressional District from 1992-2012. Filner did not seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. He instead ran successfully for the San Diego mayor's position.[1][2] He resigned from Congress on December 3, 2012 to assume his role as mayor of San Diego.[3]

In July and August of 2013, at least 17 women came forward and accused Filner of sexual harassment. As a result of the controversy, Filner announced on August 23, 2013 that he would resign on August 30, 2013. On October 15, 2013, Filner pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery charges. He was sentenced to three years probation and is barred from ever running for public office again.[4][5][6][7][8]


Filner was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University in 1963, his M.A. from the University of Delaware in 1969, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1973.[9]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Filner's academic, professional and political career:

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Filner served on the following committees:[10]


Accusations of sexual harassment

In July 2013, Filner was accused of sexual harassment by Irene McCormack Jackson, a former communication director for Filner during his time as mayor of San Diego.[11] It was also announced that McCormack Jackson had filed a lawsuit on July 22, 2013 in San Diego. McCormack Jackson stated, "He thought it was acceptable behavior to regularly make sexual comments that were crude and disgusting."[11] The Sheriff's Department of San Diego County also began a special hotline after admissions by Filner of "disrespecting and even intimidating women in the past."[11]

Filner responded to the accusations on July 22, 2013 with a statement that he was "saddened by the charges" and stated that he did not believe the claims were "valid."[12] Filner was also accused of sexual harassment by 13 more women.[13]

Recall effort

See also: Bob Filner recall, San Diego, California (2013)

As a result of the sexual harassment controversy, attempts to recall Filner also began. All nine of San Diego's City Council members called upon Filner to resign.[14] In an August 12, 2013 statement, Filner stated that "now is not the time to go backwards" and reiterated previous campaign promises.[14]

Filner's opponent in the 2012 San Diego Mayoral Race, Carl DeMaio, stated that he attempted to bring up Filner's treatment of women during his campaign. DeMaio stated, "We certainly knew he didn't have the temperament to be mayor."[15]

Filner announced on July 26, 2013 that he would undergo two weeks of sexual harassment therapy at a behavioral counseling clinic. He was slated to return to work on August 19, 2013.[16] Filner completed the therapy on August 10, 2013, a week earlier than previously announced, and said he will continue outpatient therapy.[13]



See also: California's 51st Congressional District elections, 2012

Filner did not seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. He instead ran successfully for the San Diego mayor's position.[17] Juan Vargas (D) defeated Michael Crimmins (R) in the general election for Filner's previous Congressional seat.


On November 2, 2010, Filner won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Nick Popaditch (R) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House, California District 51 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Filner Incumbent 60.1% 86,423
     Republican Nick Popaditch 39.9% 57,488
Total Votes 143,911

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Filner's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Filner won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Filner's campaign committee raised a total of $943,216 and spent $1,006,288.[19]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Bill sponsorship

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Filner was a "far-left Democratic leader."[20]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Filner paid his congressional staff a total of $1,114,084 in 2011. He ranks 150th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 52nd overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranks 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[21]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Filner was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Filner's staff was given an apparent $21,620.00 in bonus money.[22]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Filner's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $353,017 and $1,130,999. That averages to $742,008, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[23]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Filner's vote ratings are unavailable for 2012.[24]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Filner was 1 of 19 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2011.[25]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Bob Filner voted with the Democratic Party 93.2 percent of the time, which ranked 74 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[26]

Recent news

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Filner and his wife, Jane Merrill, have two children.

External links


  1. UT San Diego, "DeMaio concedes to Filner in mayor's race," November 7, 2012
  2. "2012 HOUSE SUMMARY,"
  3. National Journal, "Filner Resigns, Sworn In As San Diego Mayor," December 3, 2012
  4. CNN "San Diego Mayor Bob Filner could resign today," August 23, 2013
  5. The New York Times, "After Dodging Harassment Allegations, San Diego Mayor Is Reported Set to Resign," August 22, 2013
  6. Fox News, "San Diego Mayor Bob Filner agrees to resign," August 23, 2013
  7. CBS News, "Bob Filner agrees to resign," August 23, 2013
  8. New York Times, "Ex-Mayor of San Diego Pleads Guilty to Charges of Sexual Harassment,"
  9. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "FILNER, Bob, (1942 - )" accessed April 19, 2012
  10. Congressman Bob Filner, Serving the People of California's 51st District, "Committees"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 NBC 7 San Diego, "San Diego Mayor's Ex-Staffer Details Alleged Sexual Harassment: "Worst Time of My Entire Working Life," July 23, 2013
  12. NBC 7 San Diego, "Mayor Responds to Harassment Lawsuit," July 23, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Los Angeles Times, "Filner to end therapy earlier than announced, return to San Diego," August 9, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 Los Angeles Times, "San Diego Mayor Filner rebuffs recall move over sex harassment claims," August 13, 2013
  15. ABC10 News, "Carl DeMaio says he tried to bring up Bob Filner's behavior toward women during campaign," August 13, 2013
  16. Politico, "Bob Filner seeks therapy, won't step down," July 26, 2013
  17. "2012 HOUSE SUMMARY,"
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. Open Secrets, "Bob Filner 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  20. GovTrack, "Bob Filner" accessed April 19, 2012
  21. LegiStorm, "Bob Filner"
  22. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  23. OpenSecrets, "Filner, (D-Cali), 2010"
  24. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jerry Sanders
Mayor of San Diego
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Duke Cunningham
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 51
Succeeded by
Juan Vargas
Preceded by
San Diego City Council
Succeeded by
Preceded by
San Diego School Board
Succeeded by