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[[Category:Current member, U.S. House]]
[[Category:Current member, U.S. House]]
Revision as of 16:44, 2 November 2013
|U.S. House, Oregon, District 1|
|February 7, 2012-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||David Wu (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$11.53 in 2012|
|First elected||January 31, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Oregon State Senate|
|Oregon State House of Representatives|
|Associate's||Lane Community College|
|Bachelor's||University of Oregon|
|J.D.||University of Oregon|
|Date of birth||October 14, 1954|
|Place of birth||Detroit, MI|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Bonamici began her political career as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, where she served from 2006 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.
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 AA from Lane Community College. She went on to receive her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Oregon.
- 2006-2008: Oregon House of Representatives
- 2008-2012: Oregon State Senate
- 2012-Present: U.S Representative from Oregon
Bonamici serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
- Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Bonamici served on the following committees while a member of the Oregon State Senate.
- Education and Workforce Development Committee, Oregon State Senate
- General Government, Consumer and Small Business Protection Committee, Oregon State Senate
- Judiciary Committee, Oregon State Senate
- Redistricting Committee, Oregon State Senate
- Joint Legislative Counsel
====2010==== Bonamici served on the following committees while a member of the Oregon State Senate.
- Consumer Protection and Public Affairs Committee, Oregon Senate
- Education and General Government Committee, Oregon Senate
- Judiciary Committee, Oregon Senate
- Justice System Revenues Committee, Oregon State Legislature
- Online Learning Task Force Committee, Oregon State Legislature
In 2010, Bonamici was selected to chair the Senate Redistricting Committee. Said Bonamici, "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."
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Bonamici's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
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." 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.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Bonamici voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
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.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Bonamici voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
National Defense Authorization Act
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.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
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.
Health Care Reform Rules
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.
Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act
Bonamici voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.
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.
Previous congressional sessions
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.
Bonamici was set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014 should she choose to run. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
Bonamici won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. 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).
"House Majority PAC ad against Robert Cornilles: 'Six Employees'"
|U.S. House, Oregon District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Suzanne Bonamici Incumbent||59.6%||197,845|
|Source: Oregon Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
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, primarily through TV ads.
- See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2010
Bonamici won re-election to the Oregon State Senate against Stevan Kirkpatrick (R). Bonamici was not opposed in the Democratic primary election on May 18, 2010. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
|Oregon State Senate, District 17 (2010)|
|Suzanne Bonamici (D)||32,281|
|Stevan Kirkpatrick (R)||18,041|
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.
|Suzanne Bonamici's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Oregon, District 1)||$2,488,255|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,488,255|
|Suzanne Bonamici (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$207,674.19||$88,100.60||$(52,345.67)||$243,429.12|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$243,429.12||$140,380.57||$(70,507.46)||$313,302.23|
|October Quarterly||October 13, 2013||$313,302.23||$103,683.00||$(74,356.33)||$342,628.90|
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.
Cost per vote
Bonamici spent $11.53 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Oregon District 1, 2012 - Suzanne Bonamici Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$24,315|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$25,252|
|Top contributors to Suzanne Bonamici's campaign committee|
|Service Employees International Union||$20,500|
|Credit Union National Assn||$20,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$102,500|
In 2010, Bonamici received $101,107 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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|
|Coalition For A Healthy Oregon||$3,000|
|Manufactured Housing Communities Of Oregon||$3,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$101,107|
In 2008, Bonamici collected $113,448 in donations.
These were the largest contributors.
|Beaverton Education Association||$3,000|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Bonamici most often votes with:
Bonamici least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Bonamici missed 1 of 711 roll call votes,from Feb 2012 to Mar 2013, which is 0.1% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Bonamici's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,359,037 and $5,435,000. That averages to $3,897,018, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.
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.
Bonamici ranked 79th in the liberal rankings in 2012, the highest liberal ranking of any representative from Oregon that year.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Bonamici has voted with the Democratic Party 98.1% of the time. This ranked 5th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.
Bonamici and her husband Michael Simon have two children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Suzanne + Bonamici + Oregon + House
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- Media coverage:
- CNN "Oregon Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Beaverton Valley Times "Bonamici and Hass secure leadership roles on state Senate committees," December 13, 2010
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
- Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "Suzanne Bonamici Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- The Oregonian "http://blog.oregonlive.com/mapesonpolitics/2011/10/how_much_credit_can_suzanne_bo.html?," October 11, 2011
- Oregonlive.com, "Suzanne Bonamici wins special election for Oregon's 1st Congressional District", January 31, 2012
- Open Secrets "House Majority PAC Independent Expenditures," Accessed May 4, 2012
- Newsmax "Super PACs Getting Involved in Congressional Races," January 30, 2012
- Oregonvotes.org, "January 31, 2012, Special Election Abstracts of Votes," accessed May 14, 2013
- Oregon Live Election, Election Results
- 2010 Oregon Primary Election Results
- 2008 election results, Oregon Senate
- Open Secrets "Suzanne Bonamici" Accessed May 16, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Suzanne Bonamici 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Suzanne Bonamici April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Suzanne Bonamici July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
- Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
- Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- 2008 contributions
- Gov Track "Suzanne Bonamici," Accessed June 4, 2013
- [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412501_Suzanne_Bonamici OpenCongress, "Suzanne Bonamici," Accessed August 8, 2013]
- GovTrack, "Suzanne Bonamici," Accessed April 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Suzanne Bonamici, (D-Ore), 2011"
- National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
|U.S. House of Representatives - Oregon District 1
| Succeeded by|
|Oregon State Senate District 17
| Succeeded by|
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D)
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