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Rep. Bob Filner

Former Representative for California’s 51st District

Filner was the representative for California’s 51st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2003 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for California’s 50th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2002.


In 2013 Filner pleaded guilty to groping, sexually suggestive comments and unwanted advances as mayor of San Diego, CA. In Nov. 2017, Rep. Diana DeGettee alleged that Filner had groped her when their Congressional terms overlapped.

Oct. 13, 2013 Pleaded guilty to groping, sexually suggestive comments and unwanted advances as mayor of San Diego, CA.
Nov. 20, 2017 Rep. Diana DeGette alleged that Filner had groped her while he was still in Congress.
Photo of Rep. Bob Filner [D-CA51, 2003-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Filner is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Filner sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Filner was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Filner sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (47%) Private Legislation (14%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Health (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Filner recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Filner voted No

Filner voted Nay

Filner voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Filner voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Nov 2012, Filner missed 892 of 13,385 roll call votes, which is 6.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2012. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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