Is San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Jewish?

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is Jewish. Filner was born September 4, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. He is the son of Sarah F. and Joseph H. Filner, both Jewish.

Filner is divorced from his first wife, Barbara (Christy) Filner, a retired mediation specialist;[59] they have a daughter, Erin Filner, a middle school social studies teacher who lives in Bedford, New York, and a son, Adam Filner, who is married and is the father of two young children. Filner was later married to Jane Merrill. At his first news conference after his election as mayor, Filner introduced his fiancee, Bronwyn Ingram, a disability analyst who works for the Social Security Administration. However, on July 8, 2013, she announced via email to a group of her supporters that the engagement had been called off and the relationship is over. In a subsequent statement, Ingram cited Filner's verbal abuse and blatant sexting as reasons for the split.

Filner attended Cornell University, where he worked on the Cornell Daily Sun, the student newspaper, and took part in civil rights demonstrations. In June 1961, after pulling into the bus station in Jackson, Mississippi as a Freedom Rider, Filner was arrested for "disturbing the peace and inciting a riot." He refused to post bond for his release and remained incarcerated for two months.

Mayor Filner graduated from Cornell in 1963 with a degree in chemistry, and earned his doctorate in history of science from Cornell six years later. While finishing up his PhD, he moved to San Diego, becoming a history professor at San Diego State University for more than 20 years.

Filner is the 35th and current Mayor of San Diego. Filner was previously the U.S. Representative for California's 51st congressional district, and previously the 50th, serving from 1993 to 2012, and was chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs 2007-2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

In the summer of 2013 Mayor Bob Filner was accused by several former employees of sexual harassment. 

1 comment:

  1. Somebody who oversees this website may wish to update the information above to mention that Mr. Filner resigned his position on August 23, 2013 as a result of the investigation into his activities. He was succeeded briefly by City Council President Todd Gloria, who served as acting mayor until the special election held on February 11, 2014, in which Kevin Faulconer defeated David Alvarez to become the 36th mayor of San Diego.


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