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Bob Edgar
President and CEO
Common Cause

Bob Edgar was named President and CEO in 1997 of Common Cause, a national non-partisan, non-profit “citizens” lobby working to make government at all levels more honest, open and accountable, and to connect citizens with their democracy.

Mr. Edgar arrived at Common Cause with a long history of leadership and public service that included 12 years in Congress. He was the general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA for seven years immediately before arriving at Common Cause.

Mr. Edgar was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974 to represent the Seventh Congressional District of Pennsylvania. During six terms in the U.S. House, Mr. Edgar led efforts to improve public transportation, fought wasteful water projects and authored the community Right to Know provision of Super Fund legislation. He also served on the House Select Committee on Assassinations that investigated the deaths of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and President John F. Kennedy.

An active volunteer, Mr. Edgar sits on the boards of several organizations, including Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Families USA, and the National Religious Partnership for the Environment.

Mr. Edgar received his B.A. from Lycoming College and a Master of Divinity from the Theological School of Drew University. He has also been President of the Claremont School of Theology.

Mr. Edgar is the author of Middle Church (Simon and Schuster, 2006), a call to progressive people of faith to take back the moral high ground from the right-wing extremists and make America a better and less divided country.

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Judge Edith H. Jones United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Samuel Issacharoff New York University School of Law

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