|Mayor of San Diego|
|December 3, 2012-August 30, 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|United States House of Representatives|
|San Diego City Council|
|San Diego School Board|
|Master's||University of Delaware|
|Birthday||September 4, 1942|
|Place of birth||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Controversies
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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. He resigned from Congress on December 3, 2012 to assume his role as mayor of San Diego.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Filner's academic, professional and political career:
- 1993-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, California's 51st Congressional District
- 1987-1992: San Diego City Council
- 1984: Staff, United States Representative Jim Bates of California
- 1979-1983: San Diego School Board
- 1976: Staff, United States Representative Donald M. Fraser of Minnesota
- 1975: Staff, United States Senator Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota
- 1970-1992: Faculty, San Diego State University
Filner served on the following committees:
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
- Veterans' Affairs Committee, Ranking Member
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. 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." 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."
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." Filner was also accused of sexual harassment by 13 more women.
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. In an August 12, 2013 statement, Filner stated that "now is not the time to go backwards" and reiterated previous campaign promises.
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."
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. Filner completed the therapy on August 10, 2013, a week earlier than previously announced, and said he will continue outpatient therapy.
Filner did not seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. He instead ran successfully for the San Diego mayor's position. Juan Vargas (D) defeated Michael Crimmins (R) in the general election for Filner's previous Congressional seat.
|U.S. House, California District 51 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Bob Filner Incumbent||60.1%||86,423|
His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:
|U.S. House, California District 51, 2010 - Bob Filner Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$366,749|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$361,013|
|Top contributors to Bob Filner's campaign committee|
|Duty Free Americas||$16,800|
|Air Line Pilots Assn||$10,000|
|American Assn for Justice||$10,000|
|American Chiropractic Assn||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$55,150|
|Building Trade Unions||$53,000|
Congressional staff salaries
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.
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.
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.
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.
Voting with party
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.
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Filner and his wife, Jane Merrill, have two children.
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- UT San Diego, "DeMaio concedes to Filner in mayor's race," November 7, 2012
- "2012 HOUSE SUMMARY," cookpolitical.com
- National Journal, "Filner Resigns, Sworn In As San Diego Mayor," December 3, 2012
- CNN "San Diego Mayor Bob Filner could resign today," August 23, 2013
- The New York Times, "After Dodging Harassment Allegations, San Diego Mayor Is Reported Set to Resign," August 22, 2013
- Fox News, "San Diego Mayor Bob Filner agrees to resign," August 23, 2013
- CBS News, "Bob Filner agrees to resign," August 23, 2013
- New York Times, "Ex-Mayor of San Diego Pleads Guilty to Charges of Sexual Harassment,"
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "FILNER, Bob, (1942 - )" accessed April 19, 2012
- Congressman Bob Filner, Serving the People of California's 51st District, "Committees"
- NBC 7 San Diego, "San Diego Mayor's Ex-Staffer Details Alleged Sexual Harassment: "Worst Time of My Entire Working Life," July 23, 2013
- NBC 7 San Diego, "Mayor Responds to Harassment Lawsuit," July 23, 2013
- Los Angeles Times,"Filner to end therapy earlier than announced, return to San Diego," August 9, 2013
- Los Angeles Times,"San Diego Mayor Filner rebuffs recall move over sex harassment claims," August 13, 2013
- ABC10 News,"Carl DeMaio says he tried to bring up Bob Filner's behavior toward women during campaign," August 13, 2013
- Politico,"Bob Filner seeks therapy, won't step down," July 26, 2013
- "2012 HOUSE SUMMARY," cookpolitical.com
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Bob Filner 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
- GovTrack, "Bob Filner" accessed April 19, 2012
- LegiStorm, "Bob Filner"
- CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
- OpenSecrets, "Filner, (D-Cali), 2010"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
|Mayor of San Diego
| Succeeded by|
|U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 51
| Succeeded by|
|San Diego City Council
| Succeeded by|
|San Diego School Board
| Succeeded by|