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Common Cause President Bob Edgar Dies

Common Cause, a non-partisan, grassroots organization that is committed to honest, open and accountable government, announced that former Congressman Bob Edgar, its president and CEO, died suddenly this morning at his home. Mr. Edgar was 69.

“We are deeply saddened and shaken today by the passing of Bob Edgar,” said Common Cause Board Chair Robert Reich. “Bob will be remembered for his decency, kindness, compassion and humor. His deep commitment to social justice and strengthening our democracy is his greatest gift to Common Cause and the nation. Our hearts are with Bob’s family, his wife Merle, and sons Andrew, David and Rob, and their families.”

Mr. Edgar, who served Pennsylvania in Congress for 12 years and also led the National Council of Churches, became the president and CEO of Common Cause in May 2007. He served on Common Cause’s National Governing Board for several years before becoming President of the organization.

“Bob Edgar leaves a long history of progressive leadership and public service. He will be deeply missed.” said Matt Patsky, Trillium’s CEO.