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FILNER, Bob, a Representative from California; born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., September 4, 1942; graduated from Forest Hills High School, Queens, N.Y., 1959; B.A., Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., 1963; M.A., University of Delaware, Newark, Del., 1969; Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., 1973; faculty, San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif., 1970-1992; staff, United States Senator Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota, 1975; staff, United States Representative Donald M. Fraser of Minnesota, 1976; member, San Diego, Calif., school board, 1979-1983, president, 1982; staff, United States Representative Jim Bates of California, 1984; member of the San Diego, Calif., city council, 1987-1992; deputy mayor of San Diego, Calif., 1990; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Third and to the nine succeeding Congresses until his resignation on December 3, 2012 (January 3, 1993-December 3, 2012); chair, Committee on Veterans' Affairs (One Hundred Tenth and One Hundred Eleventh Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress in 2012, but was elected Mayor of San Diego, Calif.; Mayor of San Diego, Calif., 2012-2013.

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External Research Collections

University of Mississippi
Archives and Special Collections

University, MS
Oral History: In the Oral history interview with Bob Filner, 2001, 1 videodisc. In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders, a group of mostly young people, both black and white, including Congressman Bob Filner (D-Calif.), risked their lives to challenge the system of segregation in interstate travel in the South. The University of Mississippi's Freedom riders oral history project includes interviews recorded in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of that summer.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Filner, Robert Earl. "Science and Politics in England, 1930-1945: The Social Relations of Science Movement." Ph. D. diss., Cornell University, 1973.

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