Born and raised in Pittsburg, Federal has lived in District 5 all his life. After attending San Francisco State University, he began working for local industries including POSCO and Dow Chemical. At Dow, where he worked 22 years, he served in several capacities centering on training and safety.
In 1996, following in the footsteps of his mentor and role model Taylor Davis and after serving on several city commissions, he won election to the Pittsburg City Council. From 1998 to 1999, Federal served as Mayor.
While on the Pittsburg City Council, Federal worked to improve the stability of the community. Under his leadership the City purchased its own Power Company and negotiations were completed for the construction of the new City Hall and a new fire station. He also voted to increase funding for citywide neighborhood revitalization, and established "Mayor’s Forums" where he encouraged open dialogue between residents and city staff.
As a County Supervisor, Federal implemented several ordinances and beefed up county services that helped improve the quality of life for residents in his district and the rest of the county.
Among those actions are:
The Renters’ Ordinance improves the maintenance of rental properties in the unincorporated areas of the County.
He initiated the regional effort by East County cities and the county to secure funding for Highway 4 improvements.
He consolidated three rural fire districts into the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and help bring more local control of the district.
He changed the manner in which the Keller Canyon Landfill Mitigation Fund is dispensed so that it helps improve the quality of life of East County residents.
Implemented safety improvements to Vasco Road.
Completed the final phases of the North Broadway Infrastructure Program in Bay Point.
The Vessel Ordinance allows the cleanup of our Delta waterways of derelict or abandoned vessels.
The Urban Limit Line is an initiative he has strongly advocated for in an attempt to rein in suburban sprawl and to preserve open space.
He initiated County youth conferences which give young people a chance to air their views to community leaders and get valuable information about careers and education.
The AIDS/HIV Task Force initiates educational and informational events to help prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS in our community.
The Faith Initiative brings together clergy of all faiths to present a common front against some of the issues facing family life in East County.
The Gang Task Force is a holistic approach through prevention and intervention from the perspectives of law enforcement, education, faith and community groups to combat the influence of the “gang” lifestyle among the youth of East County.
As the District V representative on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, Federal is committed to reinforcing a sense of community by building bridges of trust, inclusion and cooperation among the diverse elements of District V.
He believes a strong community values the uniqueness of these different interest groups and diverse religious traditions. A strong community also recognizes their interdependency.
It takes many elements to foster a sense of community. “Besides shared values, rights and responsibility,” he says, “we also need an atmosphere of civility, trust and respect along with opportunities for networking and active participation.”
He has been married to Janis Glover for over twenty years. They have been blessed with two children, Tederal and Carissa, as well as four grandchildren. The Glovers make their home in Pittsburg.