Suzanne Bonamici

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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
Date of birthOctober 14, 1954
Place of birthDetroit, MI
Net worth$3,897,018
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.


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.


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]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


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.[4] For more information pertaining to Bonamici's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

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."[6][7] 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.[6][7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]



Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[8]


Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" 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.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" 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.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[10]



See also: Oregon's 1st congressional district elections, 2014

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.


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

Bonamici won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012.[1][11] 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.[12]

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,[13] primarily through TV ads.[14]

Full history


See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2010

Bonamici won re-election to the Oregon State Senate against Stevan Kirkpatrick (R).[16] Bonamici was not opposed in the Democratic primary election on May 18, 2010.[17] 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. [18]

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.[19]

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


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.[20]

Suzanne Bonamici (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2013$207,674.19$88,100.60$(52,345.67)$243,429.12
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$243,429.12$140,380.57$(70,507.46)$313,302.23
October Quarterly[23]October 13, 2013$313,302.23$103,683.00$(74,356.33)$342,628.90
Running totals


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.[24]

Cost per vote

Bonamici spent $11.53 per vote received in 2012.


In 2010, Bonamici received $101,107 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[25]


In 2008, Bonamici collected $113,448 in donations.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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. [29]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[30]

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.[31]

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.[32]


Bonamici and her husband Michael Simon have two children.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "Oregon Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2., 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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Votesmart, "Suzanne Bonamici Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. The Oregonian "," October 11, 2011
  12., "Suzanne Bonamici wins special election for Oregon's 1st Congressional District", January 31, 2012
  13. Open Secrets "House Majority PAC Independent Expenditures," Accessed May 4, 2012
  14. Newsmax "Super PACs Getting Involved in Congressional Races," January 30, 2012
  15., "January 31, 2012, Special Election Abstracts of Votes," accessed May 14, 2013
  16. Oregon Live Election, Election Results
  17. 2010 Oregon Primary Election Results
  18. 2008 election results, Oregon Senate
  19. Open Secrets "Suzanne Bonamici" Accessed May 16, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission "Suzanne Bonamici 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "Suzanne Bonamici April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Suzanne Bonamici July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  24. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  25. Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
  26. 2008 contributions
  27. Gov Track "Suzanne Bonamici," Accessed June 4, 2013
  28. [ OpenCongress, "Suzanne Bonamici," Accessed August 8, 2013]
  29. GovTrack, "Suzanne Bonamici," Accessed April 2013
  30., "Suzanne Bonamici, (D-Ore), 2011"
  31. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  32. OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
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)