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Bob Filner

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Bob Filner
Bob Filner.jpg
Mayor of San Diego
In office
December 3, 2012-Present
Term ends
Years in position 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
San Diego City Council
San Diego School Board
United States House of Representatives
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 the current mayor of San Diego. He was elected on November 6, 2012.

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]


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.[4]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Filner served on the following committees:[5]



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.[6] Juan Vargas (D) defeated Michael Crimmins (R) in the general election.


On November 2, 2010, Filner won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Nick Popaditch (R) in the general election.[7]

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.[8]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Bill sponsorship

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Filner was a "far-left Democratic leader".[9]

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 he 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.[10]

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.[11]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[12]

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.[13]


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.[14]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Bob Filner voted with the Democratic Party 93.2% of the time, which ranked 74 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[15]

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

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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