Bob Edgar

President and CEO of Common Cause

In 2007, Bob Edgar was named president and CEO of Common Cause, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit "citizens" lobby working to make government at all levels more honest, open and accountable, and to connect citizens with their democracy.

Bob arrived at Common Cause with a long history of leadership and public service that included 12 years in Congress. Before joining Common Cause, he served as the general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA for seven years.

Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974 to represent Pennsylvania's Seventh Congressional District, Bob was part of the congressional class nicknamed "the Watergate babies," who led sweeping reforms of Congress after Watergate. During six terms in the U.S. House, Bob led efforts to improve public transportation and fought wasteful water projects. He also served on the House committee that investigated the deaths of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy.

Bob ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1986 against Sen. Arlen Specter. That race fueled his frustration with the undue influence of money in politics and he became an active supporter of clean elections and campaign finance reform, issues that have long been Common Cause's hallmarks. He served on Common Cause's National Governing Board for several years before becoming president of the organization. Under Bob's leadership, Common Cause is championing a number of critical issues and reforms, including reversing Citizens United, fighting the undue influence of corporate money in our politics and fighting for election reforms that make voting more accurate, secure and accessible.

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