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Dan Bongino
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Maryland, District 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCity University of New York
Master'sCity University of New York, Penn State University
ProfessionPolice Officer and former Secret Service Agent
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Dan Bongino was a 2014 Republican candidate for United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. He ran in Maryland's 6th Congressional District.[1] He was defeated by incumbent John Delaney (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2] He won the nomination in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.[3]

Bongino was also a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Maryland. He lost to incumbent Ben Cardin on November 6, 2012[4][5]


While working full time for the New York City Police Department, Bongino used his accrued vacation time to attend the City University of New York where he completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology, concentrating in both Neuro-Psychology and Behavioral Learning.[6] During his tenure as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, Bongino completed his second graduate degree, a Master’s of Business Administration at Penn State University.[6]


  • 1995-1999: New York City Police Department[6]
  • 1999-Present: Special Agent, U.S. Secret Service[6]


Campaign promises

Bongino promised that if elected to Congress, he will donate half his official salary to charity.[7]

In an August 2014 news release, Bongino also vowed to serve no more than six years, or three terms, and oppose any bill that contains exemptions for the “political class.” He also promised not to go on foreign junkets unless there was a “documented, legitimate purpose.”[7]



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Maryland, 2014

Although it was speculated that Bongino would enter Maryland's gubernatorial race in 2014, he announced on June 2, 2013, that he would run for Maryland's 6th Congressional District seat which was held by incumbent John Delaney.[8] He won the nomination in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.[3] Dan Bongino lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Maryland District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Delaney Incumbent 49.7% 94,704
     Republican Dan Bongino 48.2% 91,930
     Green George Gluck 2% 3,762
     Write-in Others 0.1% 140
Total Votes 190,536
Source: Maryland Secretary of State Official Results


U.S. Senator from Utah, Mike Lee,[9] Representative from Illinois' 8th Congressional District Joe Walsh,[10] Harford County Executive David R. Craig,[11] and Blaine Young, President of the Frederick County Commissioners,[12] have all endorsed Bongino for Senate.


See also: United States Senate elections in Maryland, 2012

Bongino ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maryland. Bongino defeated William Capps, Rick Hoover, Joseph Alexander, Robert Broadus, David Jones, Brian Vaeth, Richard Douglas, John Kimble, and Corrogan Vaughn in the Republican primary on April 3, 2012. He was defeated by Ben Cardin in the general election.[4][13]

U.S. Senate, Maryland General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Cardin Incumbent 56% 1,474,028
     Republican Dan Bongino 26.3% 693,291
     Libertarian Dean Ahmad 1.2% 32,252
     Independent Rob Sobhani 16.4% 430,934
     Democratic Lih Young (Write-in) 0% 163
     Republican Mary Podlesak (Write-in) 0% 21
     Independent Brandy Baker 0% 151
     Independent Ed Tinus 0% 48
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 2,346
Total Votes 2,633,234
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "U.S. Senator"
U.S. Senate, Maryland Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel John Bongino 33.6% 68,597
Joseph Alexander 8.9% 18,171
Robert "BRO" Broadus 5.4% 11,020
William Thomas Capps, Jr. 3.5% 7,092
Richard J. Douglas 28.3% 57,776
Rick Hoover 5.3% 10,787
David Jones 4.1% 8,380
John B. Kimble 5.1% 10,506
Brian Vaeth 1.9% 3,781
Corrogan R. Vaughn 4% 8,158
Total Votes 204,268

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bongino's reports.[14]

Dan Bongino (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$0.00$29,140.13$(8,951.81)$20,188.32
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$20,188.32$102,277.10$(88,316.26)$34,149.16
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$34,149$104,875$(98,312)$40,712
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$40,712$161,606$(122,536)$79,782
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2014$72,857$70,188$(110,920)$32,125
Running totals


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Bongino lost the U.S. House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Bongino's campaign committee raised a total of $1,826,651 and spent $1,767,837.[20]


Bongino and his wife Paula have been married for eight years. Together they have one child.[6] They reside in Severna Park, Maryland.[6]

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  1. WJLA, "Dan Bongino eyeing Maryland's 6th District seat," accessed June 4, 2013
  2. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Primary Results 2014," accessed June 24, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Maryland State Board of Elections, "Primary Election Results 2012" accessed April 3, 2012
  5. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Daniel Bongino for Congress, "About Daniel Bongino" accessed January 9, 2012 (dead link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Frederick News Post, "Bongino vows to serve no more than three terms in House," accessed January 29, 2014
  8. WJLA, "Dan Bongino eyeing Maryland's 6th District seat," accessed June 4, 2013
  9. Dan Bongino for Senate, "U.S. Senator Mike Lee Endorses Daniel Bongino" accessed March 23, 2012
  10. Dan Bongino for Senate, "Congressman Joe Walsh Endorses Dan Bongino" accessed March 23, 2012
  11. Dan Bongino for Senate, "Harford County Executive David R. Craig Endorses U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Bongino" accessed March 23, 2012 (dead link)
  12. Dan Bongino for Senate, "President of the Frederick County Board of Commissioners, Blaine Young, Endorses Dan Bongino" accessed March 23, 2012
  13. Maryland State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results"
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Bongino 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 11, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed November 11, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 11, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 4, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2014
  20. Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013