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About CURE Chairman, Bob Balgenorth

As chair of California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE), Bob Balgenorth has worked for years to demonstrate that the environmental and economic benefits of new power plants are complementary, not competing goals. Under Mr. Balgenorth's leadership, CURE has achieved concrete victories for communities across the state, by constructing the cleanest conventional and renewable power plants possible.

Mr. Balgenorth is also president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, AFL-CIO (Council). The Council, representing more than 200 private-sector building trades local unions and regional councils, works to improve the economic condition, health and job safety of approximately 400,000 working men and women in the state's construction industry. Mr. Balgenorth was first elected president of the Council in December 1993, and re-elected for his third consecutive four-year term in February 2004.

From 1960 to 1965, Mr. Balgenorth was a United States merchant mariner. In 1965, he entered the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441 apprenticeship program where he graduated as "Apprentice of the Year" in 1969. He became an apprenticeship instructor and holds a lifetime teaching credential. In 1982, he was elected executive secretary of the Orange County Building Trades Council, and held that position for 10 years. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Balgenorth was elected as business manager/financial secretary of Local #441 of the IBEW. In July 1996, Mr. Balgenorth was elected and presently serves as vice president of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.

Through the years, Mr. Balgenorth has served as a member or trustee of numerous labor boards, committees and trust funds. In 1994, he was appointed to the Board of the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance and the California Foundation on the Environment and Economy.

Bob served on many committees and boards for the State of California; and from September 1995 to October 2001, Bob was a commissioner on the California Apprenticeship Council. In 1999, Governor Gray Davis appointed Bob to the Commission on Building for the 21st Century of which he served as co-chair for the Facilities and Finance Committees. Bob has served as a Board Member of the California Workforce Investment Board since 2002. Also, he served as a commissioner of the California Transportation Commission, and served as its chair in 2004.