|Assumed office |
January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||None (District Created)|
|Born||September 4, 1942 |
|Residence||San Diego, California|
Robert "Bob" Filner (born September 4, 1942) is an American Democratic politician who represents California's 51st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The United States House of Representatives is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. California's 51st congressional district is currently represented in the United States House of Representatives by Democrat Bob Filner. Events 1431 - Joan of Arc is handed over to the Bishop Pierre Cauchon. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) Events 476 - Romulus Augustus, last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed when Odoacer proclaims himself Year 1942 ( MCMXLII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. PLEASE TAKE NOTE************ Events 476 - Romulus Augustus, last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed when Odoacer proclaims himself Year 1942 ( MCMXLII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. California's 51st congressional district is currently represented in the United States House of Representatives by Democrat Bob Filner. The United States House of Representatives is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. The district includes much of San Diego's southern section, the cities of Chula Vista and National City and all of Imperial County. Chula Vista ( is a city in southern San Diego County, California, United States. Imperial County is a County located in the Imperial Valley, in the far southeast of the U It includes California's entire length of the border with Mexico. The United Mexican States ( or commonly Mexico (ˈmɛksɪkoʊ () is a federal constitutional Republic in North America. Filner is the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The standing Committee on Veterans' Affairs in the United States House of Representatives oversees agencies reviews current legislation and recommends new bills
Filner was born in Pittsburgh. As a student at Cornell University, he participated in the Freedom Rides of 1961, spending two months in a Mississippi jail for his efforts. Freedom Rider is also a song by Traffic and later Rascal Flatts Civil Rights activists called Freedom Riders rode in interstate buses Mississippi ( is a state located in the Deep South of the United States  Also, as a student, he worked as a member of the Cornell Daily Sun, the student newspaper. The Cornell Daily Sun is an independent daily Newspaper published in Ithaca New York by students at Cornell University. He graduated from Cornell in 1963 with a degree in chemistry, and earned his doctorate in history of science from the same school six years later. Shortly after earning his PhD, he moved to San Diego, becoming a history professor at San Diego State University. "PhD" redirects here for other uses see PhD (disambiguation. History Established on March 13 1897 San Diego State University first began as the San Diego Normal School intended to educate local future female elementary school teachers He resigned his position in 1992 to run for Congress.
Filner was long interested in politics, serving as a staffer for Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota in 1975 and for Congressman Don Fraser, also of Minnesota, in 1976. The United States Senate is the Upper house of the bicameral United States Congress, the Lower house being the House of Representatives Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr ( May 27, 1911 &ndash January 13, 1978) was the thirty-eighth Vice President of the United States, serving Minnesota ( Native Americans demonstrated the name to early settlers Donald MacKay Fraser (born February 20, 1924) is an American politician from Minneapolis Minnesota. He also served as a staffer for Congressman Jim Bates from the San Diego area in 1984. This article is about a former US Representative. For the former Miami Dolphins Head Coach see Jim Bates.
His elective career began in 1979, when his opposition to the closing of a neighborhood school led him to run for the San Diego school board, where he defeated a longtime incumbent. Even though he was the only Democrat on the board, his "back to basics" approach to education won him wide praise, and his colleagues elected him president of the board in 1982. For part of his tenure on the board, he served alongside Susan Davis, who now represents most of the other side of San Diego in the House. Susan Davis may refer to Susan A Davis, US Congresswoman Susan Davis (BRAC USA, President & CEO of BRAC USA He was elected to the San Diego City Council in 1987. He was handily reelected in 1991, and his colleagues elected him deputy mayor. His main interest was in economic expansion.
California gained seven seats after the 1990 census, and one of them was the 50th District in south San Diego (renumbered the 51st District after the 2000 census). In 1992, Filner ran in a five-way Democratic primary for the seat and won a narrow victory. One of his primary opponents was his former boss, Bates, who had lost his seat in a sexual harassment scandal in 1990 and whose home had been drawn into the district. The district was almost 40% Hispanic (redistricting in 2000 made it 53% Hispanic) and heavily Democratic, and his victory in November (with 57 percent of the vote) was a foregone conclusion. Hispanic (hispano hispánico hispânico Hispānus adjective from ''Hispānia'', the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula) is a term that historically He has been reelected six times with no substantive Republican opposition. He ran unopposed in 1998.
Filner is ranking Democrat on the United States House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation. The House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation is a subcommittee within the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He is one of the most liberal members of the House and was a founding member of the Progressive Caucus. The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC is the single largest partisan caucus in the United States House of Representatives, and works together to advance
Filner has a bitter rivalry with Juan Vargas, another Democratic politician who has run against Filner in the Democratic primary three times. Juan Vargas (born March 7, 1961) is an American politician He is a Democrat and former member Filner won the latest Democratic primary, on June 6, 2006, with 51% of the vote, in a race against Vargas and two minor challengers, Danny Ramirez and Jesse Bresnihan. Filner and Vargas have accused each other of corruption.
He was one of the 31 who voted in the House to not count the electoral votes from Ohio in the United States presidential election, 2004. The Electoral College consists of 538 popularly elected representatives who formally select the President and Vice President of the United States. Ohio ( is a Midwestern state of the United States. As part of the Great Lakes region, Ohio has long been a cultural and geographical crossroads The United States presidential election of 2004 was held on Tuesday November 2, 2004, to elect the President of the United States. 
Filner easily won re-election in November 2006, defeating Republican Blake Miles and Libertarian Dan Litwin. Filner won about 67 percent of the vote cast in the district. Miles received about 31 percent and Litwin about 2 percent.
In 2008, Filner sponsored a resolution, passed by the House of Representatives, in support of National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day. Aviation Maintenance Technician Day is a United States day of recognition observed on May 24th that recognizes the efforts of aviation maintenance professionals as well as the achievements
On August 19, 2007, Filner was involved in an altercation with a United Airlines employee after he tried to gain access to an area of Dulles Airport that is only for authorized personnel. Events 43 BC - Octavian, later known as Augustus compels the Roman Senate to elect him Consul. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. United Air Lines Inc, trading as United Airlines ( is a major airline of the United States. Washington Dulles International Airport is a public Airport located 25 miles (40 km) west of the Central business district of Washington D Witnesses recount seeing Filner push an employee of United Airlines after allegedly being angry by the amount of time it was taking to receive his checked baggage; he also refused to leave the area. The employee pressed charges and Filner was originally scheduled to appear in General District Court on October 2, 2007. Events 1187 - Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  On November 26, 2007 Filner entered a Alford plea, after prosecutors reduced the misdemeanor assault and battery charge to trespassing, in the General District Court of Loudoun County, Virginia. Events 43 BC - The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus ("Octavian" later "Caesar Augustus" Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. In the law of the United States, an Alford plea is a Plea in criminal court in which the defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence A misdemeanor, or misdemeanour, in many common law legal systems is a "lesser" criminal act Trespass (Fr trespas a crime properly a stepping across from Lat Loudoun County (ˈlaʊdən "LOUD-un" is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is part of the Washington Metropolitan The Commonwealth of Virginia ( is an American state Filner did not admit guilt, but acknowledged that sufficient evidence exists for a conviction. In Law, a conviction is the Verdict that results when a Court of law finds a Defendant guilty of a Crime. He was fined $100 and ordered to write the employee an apology. Some have accused the employee of using the incident for her own personal gains.  The employee said she has been unable to work in the 4 months since the altercation because of the “stress” and “anxiety” resulting from the incident, and is considering a civil suit against Filner. In law a lawsuit is a civil action brought before a Court in which the party commencing the action the Plaintiff, seeks a legal or equitable remedy 
Filner was involved in an earlier incident with security in February 2003 at the El Centro, California, immigration detention facility. Filner arrived at the facility and requested to see a Pakistani detainee. When he was denied access pending approval, Filner became argumentative, trespassed onto a secure area, and attempted to shove his way past security to get farther into the facility. According to the supervisor who filed the report, Filner stated that "[He is] a congressman and can do whatever [he] want[s]. "
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 50th congressional district
Randy "Duke" Cunningham
Randy "Duke" Cunningham
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 51st congressional district
2003 – present
|Chairman of House Veterans' Affairs Committee|