Daniel John Bongino
December 4, 1974
|Education||Queens College, City University of New York (BS, MS)|
Pennsylvania State University (MBA)
Daniel John Bongino (born December 4, 1974) is an American conservative commentator, radio show host, author, former congressional candidate, and former Secret Service agent. He is a member of the Republican Party and ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012, 2014, and 2016.
Bongino attended the City University of New York, where he earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology, and Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Master of Business Administration.
He joined the U.S. Secret Service in 1999 as a special agent, leaving the New York Field Office in 2002 to become an instructor at the Secret Service Training Academy in Beltsville, Maryland. In 2006, he was assigned to the U.S. Presidential Protection Division during George W. Bush's term. He remained on protective duty after Barack Obama became President, leaving in May 2011 to run for the U.S. Senate.
Bongino's book about his career as a Secret Service agent, Life Inside the Bubble, was released in 2013. The book discusses his experiences protecting presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and investigating federal crimes along with his 2012 run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.
Bongino was criticized by former colleagues at the Secret Service for using his Secret Service background as part of his run for political office and for his claim of having secret information based on conversations he overheard in the Obama White House. A former colleague criticized him for trying to use his proximity to President Obama in his political career: "He's trying to draw attention to himself and he's hijacking the Secret Service brand. That's all he's got going for him." Bongino said he had access to "high-level discussions" in the White House. Former colleagues said he "tends to exaggerate his importance on the presidential detail and exaggerate his proximity" and that "We don't sit in on meetings at the White House. We don't sit in on high-level meetings." In response to the criticism from an anonymous former colleague, Bongino stated "There's nothing confidential in the book" and "It's not a tell-all. It's my tale of the Secret Service."
Bongino's book, The Fight: A Secret Service Agent's Inside Account of Security Failings and the Political Machine was published in January 2016.
Bongino has been a radio host and commentator on both local and national radio programs. He has been a guest host for both the Sean Hannity and Mark Levin radio shows and sometimes fills in on WMAL radio in Washington, DC and WBAL radio in Baltimore. He was a paid contributor to NRATV, until December 2018.
Bongino has downplayed the Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections investigation, calling it a "total scam." In May 2018, Bongino was quoted by President Donald Trump in one of his tweets, as Bongino attacked former CIA Director John Brennan. Bongino was quoted as saying Brennan "has disgraced the entire Intelligence Community. He is the one man who is largely responsible for the destruction of American's faith in the Intelligence Community and in some people at the........top of the FBI." Bongino was also quoted as alleging that Brennan was "worried about staying out of jail."
In May 2018 after Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy and some conservative legal experts challenged Trump's claims that the FBI had spied on his 2016 presidential campaign, Bongino claimed Gowdy had been "fooled" by the Department of Justice. In February 2019, Bongino accused Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein of attempting a coup against President Trump.
Bongino ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in Maryland in 2012. Former gubernatorial candidate Brian Murphy was his campaign chairman. Bongino won the Republican primary on April 3, 2012, with 33.8 percent of the vote, defeating nine other candidates. He lost to incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin (55.3%) with Independent Rob Sobhani placing third (16.4%) in the November 2012 general election, finishing a distant second with 26.6% of the vote.
Bongino ran for the U.S. House of Representatives seat from Maryland's 6th Congressional District in the 2014 election against incumbent Democrat John Delaney. Bongino lost to Delaney by two percentage points.
After moving to Florida in 2015, Bongino contemplated running for the United States Senate and Florida's 18th congressional district in 2016. However, in June 2016, Bongino declared that he would seek the Republican nomination for Florida's 19th congressional district. He faced Chauncey Goss, a Sanibel City Councilman who sought the seat in 2012, and Francis Rooney, a businessman and former United States Ambassador to the Holy See, in the primary.
In an August 2016 interview with a Politico reporter, Bongino went on a profanity laced rant against the reporter, who asked about a story in the Naples Daily News that Bongino said was dishonest. The recorded phone call was published by Politico. He later explained that he was under stress due to his wife's illness and said that the reporter had goaded him. Bongino placed third in the August 2016 primary, losing the nomination to Rooney.
Bongino is married to Paula Andrea, née Martinez, who was born in Colombia. They have two daughters, Isabel (born 2004) and Amelia (born 2012). In 2012, Bongino and his wife operated three businesses from their home, selling martial arts apparel, designing websites, and consulting on security and risk management. When running for office 2016, Bongino resisted talking about his business interests and said he and his wife had shut them down.
|Democratic||John Delaney (incumbent)||94,704||49.7|
|Republican||Harold W. Painter, Jr.||4,718||16.5|
|Democratic||Ben Cardin (incumbent)||1,402,092||55.41||+1.20|
|Republican||Richard J. Douglas||55,907||28.4|
|Republican||John B. Kimble||10,088||5.1|
|Republican||Corrogan R. Vaughn||7,869||4.0|
|Republican||William Thomas Capps, Jr.||6,768||3.4|
Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and author of a new book, Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump
Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and frequent Fox News commentator, parlayed his bombastic defense of Trump into a book: "Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump."