Suzanne Bonamici

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Suzanne Bonamici
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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
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
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oregon
Associate'sLane Community College
J.D.University of Oregon
Personal
BirthdayOctober 14, 1954
Place of birthDetroit, MI
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$3,897,018
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]

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.

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 AA from Lane Community College. She went on to receive her B.A. and JD from the University of Oregon.

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Bonamici serves on the following committees:[2]

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. 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]

Issues

American response 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."[4][5] 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 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[4][5]

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 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.[6]

Elections

2012

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

Bonamici won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012.[1][7] 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
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.[8]

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,[9] primarily through TV ads.[10]

Full history


2010

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2010

Bonamici won re-election to the Oregon State Senate against Stevan Kirkpatrick (R).[12] Bonamici was not opposed in the Democratic primary election on May 18, 2010.[13] 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. [14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

Suzanne Bonamici (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$207,674.19$88,100.60$(52,345.67)$243,429.12
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$243,429.12$140,380.57$(70,507.46)$313,302.23
Running totals
$228,481.17$(122,853.13)


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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

These were the largest contributors.

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

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 "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 4, 2013.[22]

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.[23]

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 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. [24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

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.[25]

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.

2012

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.[26]

Voting with party

2013

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.[27]

Personal

Bonamici and her husband Michael Simon have two children.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "Oregon Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. Beaverton Valley Times "Bonamici and Hass secure leadership roles on state Senate committees," December 13, 2010
  4. 4.0 4.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. The Oregonian "http://blog.oregonlive.com/mapesonpolitics/2011/10/how_much_credit_can_suzanne_bo.html?," October 11, 2011
  8. Oregonlive.com, "Suzanne Bonamici wins special election for Oregon's 1st Congressional District", January 31, 2012
  9. Open Secrets "House Majority PAC Independent Expenditures," Accessed May 4, 2012
  10. Newsmax "Super PACs Getting Involved in Congressional Races," January 30, 2012
  11. Oregonvotes.org, "January 31, 2012, Special Election Abstracts of Votes," accessed May 14, 2013
  12. Oregon Live Election, Election Results
  13. 2010 Oregon Primary Election Results
  14. 2008 election results, Oregon Senate
  15. Open Secrets "Suzanne Bonamici" Accessed May 16, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "Suzanne Bonamici Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Suzanne Bonamici April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "Suzanne Bonamici July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  19. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  20. Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
  21. 2008 contributions
  22. Gov Track "Suzanne Bonamici," Accessed June 4, 2013
  23. [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412501_Suzanne_Bonamici OpenCongress, "Suzanne Bonamici," Accessed August 8, 2013]
  24. GovTrack, "Suzanne Bonamici," Accessed April 2013
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Suzanne Bonamici, (D-Ore), 2011"
  26. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  27. 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
NA
Preceded by
-
Oregon State Senate District 17
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D)