Bob Foster (politician)
Infobox Officeholder | name = Bob Foster
caption = Mayor Bob Foster of Long Beach
order = 27th
Mayor of Long Beach, California,USA
July 18, 2006
order2 = President, Southern California Edison
term_start2 = 2002
term_end2 = 2006
order3 = CSU Board of Trustees
term_start3 = 1998
term_end3 = 2006, retired
birth_date = birth date and age|1947|1|1
Brooklyn, New York, USA
spouse = Nancy Foster
Politician, former businessman
Robert "Bob" Foster (born on
January 1, 1947in Brooklyn, New York) is the mayorof Long Beach, California. He was elected after a runoff election in 2006. Prior to serving as mayor, Foster climbed the ranks of Southern California Edison, becoming president in 2002. Though not an elected office-holder prior to becoming mayor, Foster was appointed to the California State UniversityBoard of Trustees in 1998 and worked for the California State Senate as a consultant on state energy policy.
Foster was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended
San Jose State Universityfor his undergraduate studies, majoring in public administration. During his college years, he operated a carpet-laying business. After graduating, he began working for the California State Senatewhile he began Ph.D coursework in political science at the University of California, Davis. Later, Foster worked for the Senate Energy Committee, where he helped develop legislation that created statewide energy efficiency standards. He also taught for one semester as the "Leader-in-Residence" in the Department of Political Scienceat San Jose State University.
Noting his experience working in the private and public sectors, Foster campaigned on a platform that called for an end to the city's mounting deficit. He also advocated adding 100 new police officers to the streets of Long Beach and reducing traffic and pollution permeating from the Port of Long Beach. Foster won the June 6, 2006, election with 57.2% of the vote.
Foster and his wife, Nancy, are long-time residents of Long Beach. They have two grown sons, and three grandchildren.
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