Bob Edgar, president and CEO of Common Cause, passed away suddenly this morning in his home. He was 69 years of age.
Edgar served Pennsylvania in Congress from 1975 to 1987 and simultaneously led the National Council of Churches. He became the president and CEO of Common Cause in May 2007 after serving on Common Cause’s National Governing Board for several years. As president and CEO, Bob oversaw the re-launching of at least seven state chapters, travelled tirelessly to meet with and recruit Common Cause supporters and raised the organization’s national profile and its critical mission to strengthen our democracy.
“Bob Edgar was a minister for all Americans. He challenged our nation to live up to its greatest ideals of integrity, rule of law, and equality,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
“During his distinguished career as an advocate, reverend, and member of Congress, Bob championed the ideal that a true democracy would lead to greater respect for the rule of law and human rights.”