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Suzanne Bonamici
Suzanne bonamici.jpg
U.S. House, Oregon, District 1
Incumbent
In office
February 7, 2012-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorDavid Wu (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$11.53 in 2012
First electedJanuary 31, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,488,255
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oregon State Senate
2008-2012
Oregon State House of Representatives
2007-2008
Education
Associate'sLane Community College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oregon
J.D.University of Oregon
Personal
BirthdayOctober 14, 1954
Place of birthDetroit, MI
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$6,057,015
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Suzanne Bonamici (b. October 14, 1954, in Detroit, Michigan) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Oregon's 1st Congressional District. She was first elected to this position in a special election on January 31, 2012.

Bonamici was re-elected in the general election on November 6, 2012. She defeated Delinda Morgan (R), Robert Ekstrom (Constitution) and Steven Reynolds (Libertarian, Progressive).[1]

She is running for re-election in 2014. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[2][3]

Bonamici began her political career as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, where she served from 2007 to 2008. She then served in the Oregon State Senate from 2008 until her election to the U.S. House in 2012.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Bonamici is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Bonamici is a former legislative assistant for the Oregon State House of Representatives. She has also worked as attorney/legal assistant for Lane County Legal Aid Service and as a consumer protection attorney.

Bonamici earned her A.A. from Lane Community College. She went on to receive her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Oregon.[4]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Bonamici serves on the following committees:[5]

Oregon Senate

2011

Bonamici served on the following committees while a member of the Oregon State Senate.

2010

Bonamici served on the following committees while a member of the Oregon State Senate.

Redistricting 2010

In 2010, Bonamici was selected to chair the Senate Redistricting Committee. Bonamici said, "Redistricting is a major responsibility of the Legislature, and I’m honored to be leading the Senate’s effort...we need to make sure those changes are reflected in how Oregonians are represented in the Legislature and Congress. I’m looking forward to leading this bipartisan committee to accomplish a difficult and important task."[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Bonamici's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[9][10] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Bonamici was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[9][10]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Bonamici voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Bonamici voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Bonamici voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

NDAA

Yea3.png Bonamici voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Bonamici voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Bonamici voted for HR 2775.[17]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Bonamici voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Bonamici voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Nay3.png Bonamici voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Yea3.png Bonamici voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[11]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Bonamici voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[18]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Bonamici's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Bonamici is a Hard-Core Liberal. Bonamici received a score of 79 percent on social issues and 11 percent on economic issues.[19]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[20]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[19]

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Bonamici is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[2][3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Oregon, 2012

Bonamici won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012.[1][21] She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on May 15th. Bonamici then defeated three challengers in the November 6th general election: Delinda Morgan (R), Robert Ekstrom (Constitution) and Steven Reynolds (Libertarian, Progressive).

U.S. House, Oregon District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSuzanne Bonamici Incumbent 59.6% 197,845
     Republican Delinda Morgan 33% 109,699
     Progressive Steven Reynolds 4.5% 15,009
     Constitution Robert Ekstrom 2.7% 8,918
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 509
Total Votes 331,980
Source: Oregon Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Media


"House Majority PAC ad against Robert Cornilles: 'Six Employees'"

Special election

Bonamici won election to the U.S. House in the special election on January 31, 2012.[22]

Opponent targeted

Bonamici's special election opponent, Robert Cornilles, was targeted by the Super PAC House Majority PAC. The Democratic-allied PAC spent about $300,000 on defeating Cornilles,[23] primarily through TV ads.[24]

Full history


2010

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2010

Bonamici won re-election to the Oregon State Senate against Stevan Kirkpatrick (R).[26] Bonamici was unopposed in the Democratic primary election on May 18, 2010.[27] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Oregon State Senate, District 17 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Suzanne Bonamici (D) 32,281
Stevan Kirkpatrick (R) 18,041

2008

On November 4, 2008, Bonamici won re-election to the 17th District in the Oregon State Senate. Bonamici had no challenger.[28]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bonamici is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bonamici raised a total of $2,488,255 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[29]

Suzanne Bonamici's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Oregon, District 1) Won $2,488,255
Grand Total Raised $2,488,255

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bonamici’s reports.[30]

Suzanne Bonamici (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2013$207,674.19$88,100.60$(52,345.67)$243,429.12
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$243,429.12$140,380.57$(70,507.46)$313,302.23
October Quarterly[33]October 13, 2013$313,302.23$103,683.00$(74,356.33)$342,628.90
Year-End Quarterly[34]December 31, 2013$342,628$120,113$(44,561)$415,977
April Quarterly[35]April 14, 2014$415,977.78$125,839.79$(76,587.90)$465,229.67
Running totals
$578,116.96$(318,358.36)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Bonamici's campaign funds before the 2012 general election.

Bonamici won re-election to the United States House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. During that election cycle, Bonamici's campaign committee raised a total of $2,488,256 and spent $2,280,582.[36]

Cost per vote

Bonamici spent $11.53 per vote received in 2012.

2010

In 2010, Bonamici received $101,107 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[37]

Oregon State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Suzanne Bonamici's campaign in 2010
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association$5,000
Vial Fotheringham LLP$4,000
AT&T$3,000
Coalition For A Healthy Oregon$3,000
Manufactured Housing Communities Of Oregon$3,000
Total Raised in 2010 $101,107

2008

In 2008, Bonamici collected $113,448 in donations.[38]

These were the largest contributors.

Donor Amount
Bonamici, Suzanne $5,594
Nike $3,300
Beaverton Education Association $3,000

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Bonamici's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,854,030 to $9,260,000. That averages to $6,057,015, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Bonamici ranked as the 59th most wealthy representative in 2012.[39] Between 2011 and 2012, Bonamici's calculated net worth[40] increased by an average of 52 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[41]


Suzanne Bonamici Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$3,977,665
2012$6,057,015
Growth from 2011 to 2012:52%
Average annual growth:52%[42]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[43]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bonamici is a "moderate Democrat" as of July 2014.[44]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[45]

Bonamici most often votes with:

Bonamici least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Bonamici missed 1 of 1,694 roll call votes from February 2012 to July 2014, which is 0.1 percent of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.5 percent among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[46]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Bonamici was one of four members of Congress who ranked 31st in the liberal rankings in 2013.[47]

2012

Bonamici ranked 79th in the liberal rankings in 2012, the highest liberal ranking of any representative from Oregon that year.[48]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Bonamici voted with the Democrat Party 96.1 percent of the time, which ranked 6th among the 204 House Democrat members as of July 2014.[49]

2013

According to the website, Bonamici voted with the Democratic Party 98.1% of the time. This ranked 5th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[50]

Personal

Bonamici and her husband, Michael, have two children.[4]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN, "Oregon Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Oregon - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Suzanne Bonamici for Congress, "News release: Bonamici officially files candidacy for reelection for second full term in U.S. Congress," February 27, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Suzanne Bonamici for Congress, "About Suzanne," accessed April 1, 2014
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Beaverton Valley Times, "Bonamici and Hass secure leadership roles on state Senate committees," December 13, 2010
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Project Vote Smart, "Suzanne Bonamici Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 On The Issues, "Bonamici Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  20. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  21. The Oregonian, "How much credit can Suzanne Bonamici claim for legislative redistricting?" October 11, 2011
  22. Oregonlive.com, "Suzanne Bonamici wins special election for Oregon's 1st Congressional District," January 31, 2012
  23. Open Secrets, "House Majority PAC Independent Expenditures," accessed May 4, 2012
  24. Newsmax, "Super PACs Getting Involved in Congressional Races," January 30, 2012
  25. Oregonvotes.org, "January 31, 2012, Special Election Abstracts of Votes," accessed May 14, 2013
  26. Oregon Live Election, "Election Results"
  27. Oregon Secretary of State, "2010 Oregon Primary Election Results"
  28. Oregon Secretary of State, "2008 election results, Oregon Senate"
  29. Open Secrets, "Suzanne Bonamici," accessed May 16, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Suzanne Bonamici 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  36. Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013
  37. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  38. 2008 Follow the Money, "Candidate Summary, Suzanne Bonamici
  39. OpenSecrets, "Bonamici, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  40. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  41. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  42. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  43. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  44. GovTrack, "Suzanne Bonamici," accessed July 22, 2014
  45. OpenCongress, "Suzanne Bonamici," accessed July 22, 2014
  46. GovTrack, "Suzanne Bonamici," accessed July 22, 2014
  47. National Journal, "TABLE: House liberal scores by issue area," July 22, 2014
  48. National Journal, "TABLE: House liberal scores by issue area," February 26, 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
David Wu
U.S. House of Representatives - Oregon District 1
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Oregon State Senate District 17
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D)
Preceded by
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Oregon House of Representatives
2007–2008
Succeeded by
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