Bob Edgar

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"Bob Edgar, PhD is the 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. Dr. Edgar came to Common Cause after serving as general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, 2000-2007. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Edgar served as president of Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California, 1990-2000.

"Dr. Edgar is well known for his service as a six-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was the first Democrat in more than 120 years to be elected from the Seventh District of Pennsylvania. Serving in Congress from 1974 to 1987, he led efforts to improve public transportation, authored the community Right to Know provisions of Super Fund legislation, co-authored the new GI bill for the all-volunteer service, fought wasteful water projects, and supported environmental goals. "[1]


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  1. Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine Board, organizational web page, accessed February 24, 2013.