Bob Edgar, President of Common Cause, in Conversation with Jonathan Fanton

Bob Edgar, President of Common Cause, in Conversation with Jonathan Fanton

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On April 24th, Roosevelt House will host a discussion with Bob Edgar, President of Common Cause.

In May 2007, Bob Edgar was named president and CEO of Common Cause, a national nonpartisan, non-profit “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. 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. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974 to represent the Seventh Congressional District of Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia, Bob was part of the congressional class nicknamed “the Watergate babies,” those elected in the wake of the Watergate scandal and who led sweeping reforms of Congress.

During six terms in the US House, Bob 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. Bob is the author of “Middle Church,” 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.