Robert M. Stern
CENTER FOR GOVERNMENTAL STUDIES
Bob Stern is President of the Center for Governmental Studies, which was recently named by Campaigns & Elections Magazine one of California's leading "political influencers." Peter Schrag in the Sacramento Bee called him: "the godfather of modern political reform in California." He began drafting and analyzing political reform laws as a staff attorney for the California Legislature's Assembly Elections Committee; he then served as the Elections Counsel to the California Secretary of State's office. He has drafted numerous state initiatives, was the principal co-author of California's 1974 Political Reform Act, adopted by 70% of California's voters, and was a principal drafter of the City of Los Angeles' Ethics and Public Campaign Financing laws in 1990. He was the first general counsel of California's Fair Political Practices Commission before coming to CGS in 1983. He is a graduate of Pomona College and Stanford Law School.