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Terri Bonoff
Minnesota State Senate, District 44
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 10
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 22, 2005
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sClark University
Date of birthAugust 1, 1957
ProfessionVP, Marketing (retired)
Office website
Campaign website
Terri Bonoff (b. August 1, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 44. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election in November 2005.


Bonoff earned her bachelor's degree from Clark University in 1979 with her bachelor's degree. Now retired, her professional experience includes working as a marketing professional.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bonoff served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education and Workforce Development, Chair
Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bonoff served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bonoff served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Bonoff's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Senator Bonoff is taking aggressive steps to reform the tax code. Expanding the base of the sales tax and removing unfair tax loopholes can help improve the tax climate for businesses while protecting homeowners and ensuring a stable revenue stream moving forward."


  • Excerpt: "Crafting a world-class education system requires a comprehensive approach, beginning with our youngest learners and continuing through high school and post-secondary education."

Reforming the Business of Government

  • Excerpt: "In facing our ongoing budget challenges and changing demographics, one thing becomes clear. We must learn to do more, and better, with less. As more and more Minnesotans enter retirement age and leave the workforce, revenues are projected to decline just as demand increases for state services. This presents a challenge to our state that we can and must overcome."

Balancing the Budget

  • Excerpt: "I believe we should be employing a zero based budgeting process to identify areas of excellence, redundance and waste."

Energy and the Environment

  • Excerpt: "Our energy policy must reflect a balanced and thoughtful approach that protects our planet, makes energy affordable and accessible and allows us to have energy security and independence."

Election history


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Bonoff won election in District 44 in 2012 due to redistricting. She was unopposed in the August 14 Democratic primary and defeated David Gaither (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 44, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerri Bonoff Incumbent 55.9% 27,203
     Republican David Gaither 44.1% 21,464
Total Votes 48,667


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Bonoff won re-election to the 43rd District Seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Norann Dillon ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 43 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Terri Bonoff (DFL) 18271 51.74%
Norann Dillon (R) 17018 48.19%
Write-In 22 0.06%


On November 7, 2006, Bonoff won re-election to the 43rd District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Judy Johnson (R).[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 43 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Terri Bonoff (DFL) 19,159 51.93%
Judy Johnson (R) 17,697 47.96%
Write-In 41 0.11%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Bonoff received $77,516 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Terri Bonoff's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$15,734
43rd Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$2,700
6th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$1,000
39th Senate District Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$750
Keetley, Joan C$500
Total Raised in 2010 $77,516


In 2006, Bonoff collected $73,085 in donations.[6]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $16,452
43rd Senate District DFL $2,500
Minnesota DFL Party $1,353
Lockridge Grindal Nauen & Holstein $650
Minnesota Women's Campaign Fund $500


Bonoff and her husband, Matthew Knopf, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Latz (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 44
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 43
Succeeded by
Charles Wiger (DFL)