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Election 2012 / Congress

Bono Mack and Mack Fail in Election Bids

The only married couple in the House won't be back next year.

Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., along with his wife, Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., speaks to the media and supporters after he won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

photo of Brian Resnick
November 10, 2012

California Republican Mary Bono Mack has formally conceded her House reelection bid, joining her husband -- also a House member -- in twin defeats that leave them without jobs in Congress.

Bono Mack had served in the House for 14 years, after winning the special election to replace her late husband Sonny Bono, in 1998. On Friday, she conceded the race to Raul Ruiz, an emergency room doctor, who benefited from a redrawn district with 40 percent Latino voters.

“After 25 years of public life in the beautiful desert, it is now time for me to start a new chapter in my life,” she said in a statement.

Rep. Connie Mack IV, R-Fla., lost his bid to unseat veteran Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Mack had served in the House since 2005.

Bono Mack and Mack are not the only married couple to have served in Congress at the same time, though it is a rare occurrence. Democrats Martha Keys and Andrew Jacobs served together for two terms in the 1970s, and Republicans Susan Molinari and Bill Paxton held concurrent office during the mid-90s.

Mack and Bono Mack will return to Congress for the lame-duck session. They have not announced their plans for the future.

Bono Mack represents California's 47th congressional district. She ran for reelection in the newly drawn 36th congressional district.

 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story omitted the congresswoman's married name and the number of the new district she ran in. Mary Bono Mack sought to represent the 36th congressional district.

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