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Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-0855

Address: 439 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (503) 469-6010

Address: 12725 South West Millikan Way, Beaverton OR 97005-1778

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Suzanne Bonamici Biography
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  • Elected: Jan. 2012, 1st full term.
  • District: Oregon 1
  • Born: Oct. 14, 1954, Detroit, MI
  • Home: Portland
  • Education:

    Lane Comm. Col., A.D. 1978, U. of OR, B.A. 1980, J.D. 1983.

  • Professional Career:

    Atty., Federal Trade Commission, 1983-86; Atty., private practice, 1986-89; Legis. aide, 2001-07.

  • Political Career:

    OR House, 2007-08; OR Senate, 2008-11.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Jewish

  • Family: Married (Michael Simon); 2 children

The congresswoman from the 1st District is Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat who succeeded scandal-plagued Rep. David Wu. She defeated Republican Rob Cornilles in a Jan. 31, 2012, special election after Wu stepped down amid charges he made sexual advances to a friend’s teenage daughter. Read More

The congresswoman from the 1st District is Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat who succeeded scandal-plagued Rep. David Wu. She defeated Republican Rob Cornilles in a Jan. 31, 2012, special election after Wu stepped down amid charges he made sexual advances to a friend’s teenage daughter.

Bonamici (Bon-ah-MEE-chee) was born in Detroit and grew up in the small town of Northville, Mich. Her father worked at a local bank, and her mother was both a small business owner and a piano teacher. After high school, Bonamici traveled with friends in a van to Oregon, fell in love with the state, and moved to Eugene. “It was a very 70s thing to do,” Bonamici told The Oregonian newspaper. She began attending Lane Community College and also took a job at a legal aid center in Eugene. Bonamici subsequently earned both her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Oregon. She moved to Washington, D.C., to take a job as a consumer protection lawyer at the Federal Trade Commission. During that time, Bonamici met her husband, Michael Simon, and the two relocated to Oregon in 1986. Bonamici worked as a lawyer in private practice.

In 2001, Bonamici took a job as a legislative assistant in the Oregon House of Representatives. Five years later, she won her own state House seat and focused on consumer protection. In 2008, she was elected to the state Senate, representing parts of Beaverton and northwest Portland.

When a special election was called following Wu’s Aug. 11, 2011 resignation, Bonamici jumped into the Democratic primary, facing off against state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and state Rep. Brad Witt. In a forum with the AFL-CIO, Witt and Avakian both said they would oppose the U.S. trade pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea being debated in Congress. Bonamici declined to take a position and drew criticism for indecisiveness. She then came out in favor of the South Korea pact. She raised the most money of the three candidates and won with 66% of the vote.

In the general election, Bonamici faced Cornilles, a sports business consultant and Wu’s Republican opponent in 2010. Cornilles played up his business experience and also kept his distance from the national GOP. He praised the Democrats in the Oregon delegation, touted his endorsements from Democratic mayors, and refused to take the no-new-taxes pledge that many Republicans in Congress had taken. Bonamici ran an ad attacking Cornilles for an old federal tax lien against his business over failure to pay payroll taxes. She emphasized the need to tax the wealthiest Americans and to end corporate tax breaks in order to fund education and infrastructure projects.

Bonamici had the advantage in a Democratic district that gave 61% of its 2008 presidential vote to Democrat Barack Obama. However, just four and a half months earlier, the Democrats lost a seat in a heavily Democratic district in a special election following the resignation of another disgraced politician, Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York. With that in mind, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee moved aggressively early on, sinking $1 million into the contest and painting Cornilles as a tea party extremist. The DCCC, EMILY’s List, and other liberal interest groups poured millions into the race, while national Republican groups spent little and mostly stayed away. Bonamici won, 54% to 40%.

In the House, Bonamici has a solidly liberal voting record. According to National Journal’s 2012 vote ratings, she was the most reliable Democratic vote in the Oregon delegation. She pushed a bill to crack down on online payday loans, arguing that predatory lending practices are driving up consumer debt. Bonamici has also opposed cuts to the social safety net. With an eye towards Nike – the apparel and shoemaker’s headquarters is in her district – she offered a bill to suspend a duty on leathered footwear.

Bonamici’s 2012 reelection campaign for a full term was a more low-key affair. She faced Republican Delinda Morgan, a vineyard owner who had lost to Cornilles in the GOP special election primary. Bonamici raised almost $2.5 million, while Morgan pulled in just $24,000. Bonamici won easily, 60%-33%.

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Suzanne Bonamici Election Results
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2012 General
Suzanne Bonamici (D)
Votes: 197,845
Percent: 59.69%
Delinda Morgan (R)
Votes: 109,699
Percent: 33.09%
Steven Reynolds (I)
Votes: 15,009
Percent: 4.53%
Bob Ekstrom (CNP)
Votes: 8,918
Percent: 2.69%
2012 Primary
Suzanne Bonamici (D)
Votes: 57,146
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2012 special (54%)
Suzanne Bonamici Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 80 (L) : 19 (C) 74 (L) : 25 (C)
Social 93 (L) : - (C) 78 (L) : 19 (C)
Foreign 90 (L) : 6 (C) 89 (L) : 8 (C)
Composite 89.7 (L) : 10.3 (C) 81.5 (L) : 18.5 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC-0
LCV-97
CFG-18
ITIC-67
NTU-19
20112012
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ACLU-30
ACU-0
ADA-95
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
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