|U.S. House, Alabama, District 1|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||10|
|Chair, House Ethics Committee|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 5, 2002|
|Next election||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||University of Alabama|
|J.D.||University of Alabama (did not earn degree)|
|Birthday||November 19, 1959|
|Place of birth||Selma, Alabama|
Below is an abbreviated outline of Bonner's academic, professional and political career:
- 2003-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Alabama's 1st congressional district
- 1985-2002: Staff, United States Representative Sonny Callahan of Alabama
Bonner serves on the following committees:
- Appropriations Committee
- Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Defense
- Subcommittee on Financial Services
- Ethics Committee, Chair
Bonner's campaign website lists the following issues:
- Jobs Create Opportunity for All
- Excerpt: "Lower taxes and less government intrusion will create job growth"
- Preserve Individual Freedom & Personal Responsibility
- Excerpt: "Fight to repeal ObamaCare"
- Defend Our Nation
- Excerpt: "Protect our National interests abroad"
- Cut Government Spending
- Excerpt: "Cut spending—get the exploding deficit under control"
In 2008, following Bonner's appointment to the Appropriations Committee, free-market advocacy group FreedomWorks called on Bonner to accept a personal one-year moratorium on accepting earmarks. A FreedomWorks statement said that "Representative Bonner has a long history of securing earmarks for his district, and voting in favor of egregious pork projects on the House floor." 
Influential conservative website RedState has endorsed Dean Young over Bonner, calling Young "the only challenger who has spent some money and has gained any traction." RedState also said, “Although Young has no record as an elected official, he has successfully fought against tax increases on a local level and will clearly be more conservative than Bonner." 
Percentage voting with party
The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Bonner votes with the Republican Party 93.5% of the time. This ranks 88th among the 242 House Republicans in 2011.
In 2007, Bonner voted to increase the federal minimum wage. In 2008, he voted in favor of TARP, the financial bail out package. Bonner voted against Republican-supported regulations on the credit-card industry and the Cash for Clunkers program. Bonner supported the Iraq war and opposed a timetable for withdrawal of American troops. He supports warrantless wiretapping. Bonner supports amending the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and he voted against repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell." Bonner voted to raise America's debt ceiling.
In September 2011, Dean Young sent a letter to the United States House Committee on Ethics requesting that committee chairman Bonner recuse himself from any oversight of his personal financial disclosure statement. Young made the request due to allegations that Bonner improperly received investigative information from the committee’s probes of two lawmakers. The alleged secret communication concerned the investigations of Charles B. Rangel and Maxine Waters. The committee's former staff director accused two committee attorneys of improperly sharing investigative information with Republicans on the panel, including Bonner. Bonner, along with five other members of the Ethics Committee, officially recused themselves from the Waters investigation in February 2012. 
Campaign for Primary Accountability
A super PAC called the Campaign for Primary Accountability has spent $21,000 to try to unseat Bonner. Bonner told the New York Times that “obviously, when the Supreme Court made their decision to open up corporate war chests, this is the result." Bonner said he believed he would survive the primary challenge because his campaign expenditures far exceed the money being spent against him. “If I hadn’t had $1 million in my account, I could be underwater right now,” said Bonner. The Campaign for Primary Accountability has been assisting Dean Young in his effort to unseat Bonner.
Bonner is running for re-election to the 1st congressional district in 2012. He defeated Peter Gounares, Pete Riehm, and Dean Young in the the March 13 Republican primary election and is unopposed in the November 6 general election.
|U.S. House, Alabama District 1 General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Jo Bonner Incumbent||83%||129,063|
His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
|U.S. House, Alabama District 1, 2010 - Jo Bonner Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$21,321|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$20,045|
|Top contributors to Jo Bonner's campaign committee|
|Education Management LLC||$17,133|
|European Aeronautic Defence & Space||$12,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Jo + Bonner + Alabama + House
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- Jo Bonner, Alabama GOP Congressman, To Announce Resignation - Huffington Post
- Political leaders react to Rep. Jo Bonner's resignation - al.com (blog)
- Jo Bonner to resign - Politico
- LIVE: Rep. Jo Bonner talks about his resignation from Congress; new job at UA - al.com (blog)
- Jo Bonner announces resignation from Congress - San Francisco Chronicle
- Rep. Jo Bonner: Entertainment industry and video games should be included in ... - al.com (blog)
- OVERNIGHT MONEY: IRS scandal limps into next week - The Hill (blog)
- Rep. Bonner resigns for position with UA System - WAFF-TV: News, Weather ... - WAFF
- HUFFPOST HILL - President Interrupts Medea Benjamin - Huffington Post
- Rep. Jo Bonner hosts Town Hall meeting in Loxley - Gulf Coast News Today
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Bonner and his wife, Janee, have two children, Jennifer and Josiah.
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- ↑ Gov Track "Jo Bonner," Accessed February 16, 2012
- ↑ Alabama Press-Register "Mobile Bar polls judicial races; new candidate in AL-01 (Political Skinny)" February 13, 2012
- ↑ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "BONNER, Jr., Josiah Robins (Jo), (1959 - )"
- ↑ Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Josiah Robins Bonner, Jr.," Accessed October 28, 2011
- ↑ Congressman Jo Bonner, Representing the 1st District of Alabama "About Congressman Jo Bonner"
- ↑ Campaign website, Issues
- ↑ Heritage Action for America "Scorecard," Accessed February 24, 2012
- ↑ The Hill "Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala., 1st) Lawmaker Scorecard," Accessed February 24, 2012
- ↑ FreedomWorks "FreedomWorks Calls on Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) to Take Personal Earmark Pledge," February 15, 2008
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Washington Post "Jo Bonner (R-Ala.)," Accessed February 24, 2012
- ↑ Al.com "Presidential candidates stump on Gulf Coast; latest endorsements and more (Political Skinny)," March 12, 2012
- ↑ Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed October 28, 2011
- ↑ House of Representatives Vote Results "Fair Minimum Wage Act," January 10, 2007
- ↑ House of Representatives Vote Results "Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009," April 30, 2009
- ↑ House of Representatives Vote Results "Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania Amendment No. 79," May 27, 2010
- ↑ Al.com, "Congressional hopeful Pete Riehm wants larger federal budget cuts, including to defense", November 30, 2011
- ↑ Al.com "Dean Young chides Rep. Jo Bonner over Ethics Committee controversy," September 14, 2011
- ↑ Talking Points Memo "Only In Washington: Ethics Questions Follow Ethics Chairman," September 22, 2011
- ↑ Washington Times "Six House members recuse themselves from Waters’ case," February 17, 2012
- ↑ New York Times, "‘Super PAC’ Increasing Congress’s Sense of Insecurity", March 8, 2012
- ↑ New York Times "Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Fuels Primary Fights in Deep South," March 12, 2012
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- ↑ Open Secrets "Jo Bonner 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 28 2011
- ↑ "Congressman Jo Bonner, Biography," Jo Bonner's Congressional Website, accessed March 12, 2012
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