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Suzanne Bonamici
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U.S. House, Oregon, District 1
In office
February 7, 2012-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorDavid Wu (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJanuary 31, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,488,255
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oregon State Senate
Oregon State House of Representatives
Associate'sLane Community College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oregon
J.D.University of Oregon
Place of birthDetroit, MI
Net worth$3,897,018
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Suzanne Bonamici 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. She was re-elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

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 BA and JD from the University of Oregon.


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Bonamici serves on the following committees:[2]

Oregon Senate


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


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. 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."[3]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 one 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.[4]



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

Bonamici won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012.[1][5] She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on May 15th. Bonamici faced 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
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"

Special election

Bonamici won election to the U.S. House in the special election on January 31, 2012.[6]

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,[7] primarily through TV ads.[8]

Full history


See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2010

Bonamici won re-election to the Oregon State Senate against Stevan Kirkpatrick (R).[10] Bonamici was not opposed in the Democratic primary election on May 18, 2010.[11] 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


On November 4, 2008, Bonamici won re-election to the 17th district in the Oregon State Senate. Bonamici had no challenger. [12]

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.[13]

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


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.[14]


In 2010, Bonamici received $101,107 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[15]

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.[16]

These were the largest contributors.

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


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bonamici is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 4, 2013.[17]

Lifetime voting record

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

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. [18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[19]

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, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Bonamici was ranked the 79th most liberal representative during 2012. This is the most liberal ranking earned by a representative of Oregon in 2012.[20]

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, Bonamici has voted with the Democratic Party 98.1% of the time. This ranked 5th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[21]


Bonamici and her husband Michael Simon have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Wu
U.S. House of Representatives - Oregon District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Oregon State Senate District 17
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D)