|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Oregon's 1st district
January 31, 2012
|Member of the Oregon Senate|
from the 17th district
May 19, 2008 - November 21, 2011
|Elizabeth Steiner Hayward|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives|
from the 34th district
January 2, 2007 - May 19, 2008
Suzanne Marie Bonamici
October 14, 1954
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Relatives||Neil Simon (through marriage)|
|Education||Lane Community College|
University of Oregon (BA, JD)
Suzanne Marie Bonamici (born October 14, 1954) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Oregon's 1st congressional district, a seat she was first elected to in a 2012 special election. The district includes most of Portland west of the Willamette River, as well as all of Yamhill, Columbia, Clatsop, and Washington counties.
Bonamici was born in Detroit and raised in a small Michigan town. She earned her bachelor's degree and J.D. from the University of Oregon, and was a legal assistant at Lane County Legal Aid in Eugene. Following law school, she became a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in the nation's capital. She went into private practice in Portland and represented small businesses.
In 2006, incumbent Democratic State Representative Brad Avakian decided to retire to run for the Oregon Senate. She ran for the open seat in Oregon's 34th House district and defeated Republican Joan Draper 62%-36%.
On April 30, 2008, Bonamici was appointed by Commissioners from both Washington and Multnomah counties to represent Oregon's 17th Senate district. The seat became vacant when Avakian was appointed Commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. She was sworn in on May 19, 2008.
Bonamici was unopposed in the November 2008 special election for the balance of Avakian's four-year term, and was elected with 97 percent of the vote. In 2010, she won re-election with 64% of the vote.
In early 2011, Bonamici's name was floated as a possible successor to then-Congressman David Wu after The Oregonian and Willamette Week reported Wu exhibited odd behavior and clashed with his staff in the midst of apparent mental illness during the 2010 election cycle. Following Wu's resignation from Congress, Bonamici announced her candidacy for the special election to replace him, touting endorsements from former Governor Barbara Roberts, former Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse, and incumbent Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, among others.
On November 8, 2011, Bonamici won the Democratic Party of Oregon's nomination, winning an outright majority of the vote in every county in the district and capturing 66% of the vote overall, with a 44-point margin over second-place finisher Brad Avakian. She faced Republican nominee Rob Cornilles in the special election on January 31, 2012, winning by a 14-point margin.
In November 2012, Bonamici won re-election to her first full term with over 60% of the vote.
On July 31, 2014, Bonamici introduced the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2014 (H.R. 5309; 113th Congress) into the House. The bill would authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to spend $27 million a year for three years on their on-going tsunami warning and research programs.
Bonamici said "the coastlines of the United States already play an integral role in the economic prosperity of this country and we must strengthen their preparedness and resiliency so they can continue to play that role going forward." She added that this bill "will improve the country's understanding of the threat posed by tsunami events" because it will "improve forecasting and notification systems, support local community outreach and preparedness and response plans, and develop supportive technologies."
|Year||Democratic||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|2012 (Special)||Suzanne Bonamici||113,404||53.8%||Rob Cornilles||83,396||39.6%||Steve Reynolds||Progressive||6,798||3.2%||James Foster||Libertarian||6,618||3.1%||Write-ins||547||<1.0%|
|2012||Suzanne Bonamici||197,845||59.6%||Delinda Morgan||109,699||33.0%||Steve Reynolds||Progressive||15,009||4.5%||*||Bob Elkstrom||Constitution||8,918||2.7%||Write-ins||509||<1.0%|
|2014||Suzanne Bonamici||160,038||57.3%||Jason Yates||96,245||34.5%||James Foster||Libertarian||11,213||4.0%||Steve Reynolds||Pacific Green||11.163||4.0%||Write-ins||597||<1.0%|
|2016||Suzanne Bonamici||225,391||59.6%||Brian Heinrich||139,756||37.0%||Kyle Sheahan||Libertarian||12,257||3.2%||Write-ins||691||<1.0%|
|2018||Suzanne Bonamici||231,198||63.6%||John Verbeek||116,446||32.1%||Drew Layda||Libertarian||15,121||4.2%||Write-ins||484||<1.0%|
* In the 2012 election, Steve Reynolds was co-nominated by the Libertarian and Pacific Green parties.
She is married to Michael H. Simon, a federal judge. They have two children, Andrew and Sara. Bonamici was raised Episcopalian and Unitarian, and now attends synagogue with her husband, who is Jewish, and their children.
|Oregon House of Representatives|
| Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 34th district
| Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 17th district
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 1st congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority