Suzanne Bonamici

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Suzanne Bonamici

Suzanne Bonamici is a Congresswoman from Oregon.

Suzanne Bonamici and her husband Michael H. Simon, a Federal judge, have been married for twenty-seven years, and live in Washington County.[1]


Suzanne Bonamici grew up in a small town in Michigan. Her father worked for a local bank and her mother was a small business owner and piano teacher.

After graduating from high school, Suzanne moved to Oregon with friends and settled in the state. She put herself through college, first at Lane Community College and then at the University of Oregon, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Following college, she went on to law school at the University of Oregon and earned her J.D. degree.

During college, Suzanne worked as a legal assistant at Lane County Legal Aid in Eugene. It was there that she discovered her interest in and passion for consumer rights.[2]


After graduating, Bonamici worked as a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. She was assigned to the financial services division that works to protect consumers from predatory or discriminatory lending practices.

Suzanne met her husband Michael while living in Washington, D.C., and in 1986, they moved to Washington County. In Oregon, she entered private law practice, where she specialized in representing small businesses.

After six years of practicing law, Bonamici took a career break to raise her children. She became active in the community, volunteering for education, arts, and civic organizations like the Classroom Law Project, Beaverton Education Foundation, and several theaters. Her school advocacy work is what first took her to the Oregon State Capitol, attending rallies in support of education and leading her to a decision to serve publicly.[3]

State politics

Suzanne Bonamici started as a legislative assistant in the Oregon House of Representatives in 2001, followed by her first campaign in 2006 when she was elected to serve House District 34 of Washington County.

After only one term in the Oregon House, she was appointed, and then elected, to the Oregon Senate in 2008. She was reelected for a second term in 2010.

She was chair of the Consumer & Small Business Protection Committee and a member of the Education & Workforce Development Committee. She is recognized as the leading voice for mortgage reform, introducing legislation that ensures homeowners facing foreclosure receive timely information about how to request a loan modification and provides them recourse if there is a violation.[4]

2018 State of the Union Address

Several Democrats, including Suzanne Bonamici, brought illegal immigrants[5] to the 2018 State of the Union address:


The Women’s Investment Network Political Action Committee, or WIN-PAC, was founded in 1987. For more than 20 years, WIN-PAC has raised tens of thousands of dollars each election cycle to help pro-choice Democratic women running for the Oregon Legislature.

The founding “mothers” of WINPAC were Betty Roberts (former legislator and first women to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court), Jewel Lansing (former auditor for Portland and Multnomah County), Gretchen Kafoury (former legislator and city and county commissioner), Darlene Hooley (former county commissioner, legislator and Congresswoman), Maureen Leonard (then Oregon Supreme Court clerk), and Patricia McCaig (then assistant to Oregon Secretary of State Barbara Roberts).

Founded two years after EMILY’s List, WIN-PAC endorsed its first candidates for office in 1988. WINPAC was originally non-partisan, but changed its endorsement criteria in 1994 to support only Democratic women candidates. WIN=PAC contributes dollars directly to pro-choice, Democratic women legislative candidates and collects checks made out directly to their campaigns (known as “bundling” in the political fundraising world).

Successful WIN-PAC candidates have transformed the public policy debate in Oregon.

WIN-PAC endorsed Suzanne Bonamici in 2006 and 2008.[7]

Farewelling Gretchen Kafoury


Suzanne Bonamici farewelled Gretchen Kafoury on Twitter, March 14, 2015.

Oregon Seniors Endorse Bonamici For Congress

The Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare both announced Nov. 12, 2011 their support for Suzanne Bonamici's campaign for Oregon's First Congressional District. Together, the groups represent more than 7,000 seniors in the First District.

"Suzanne Bonamici is the only candidate in this race who Oregon seniors can trust to protect the promise of Social Security and Medicare. Her opponent, Rob Cornilles, has said he would make cuts to Social Security and Medicare before the defense budget. He supports the Simpson-Bowles proposal, which recommends cuts to Social Security, and has also answered that he wouldn't support prescription drug price negotiation in Medicare, despite estimates that demonstrate it would save more than $200 billion over 10 years. Suzanne will bring the right priorities to Congress and will work hard for Oregon's seniors to ensure that they receive the benefits they have worked a lifetime to earn." Steve Weiss, president, Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens PAC.

"Our nation needs Suzanne's leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans. Suzanne earned the endorsement of the National Committee because she understands and supports the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation's older citizens and their families. Suzanne is well-prepared to serve the needs of seniors and will make the preservation of Social Security and Medicare a priority in office." Max Richtman, chairman, NCPSSM-PAC Board of Directors[8]

ARA PAF endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Suzanne Bonamici in 2014, also 2012.[9]


Suzanne Bonamici, was elected to the US Congress on January 31, 2012, in a special election. She serves on the Budget Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. [10]

Progressive Caucus

In 2012, Bonamici was listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

2012 CLW House victories

Suzanne Bonamici

2012 Council for a Livable World House Victories were;

Ron Barber (D-AZ), Ami Bera (D-CA), Tim Bishop (D-NY) Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Lois Capps (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), John Garamendi (D-CA), Joe Garcia (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Denny Heck (D-WA), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Brad Schneider(D-IL), Carol Shea-Porter(D–NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Mark Takano(D-CA) and John Tierney(D-MA)..[11]

The Council said of Bonamici;

Bonamici has taken strong progressive positions on foreign policy and defense issues. She believes the United States has a moral obligation to lead international efforts that will reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles. In addition to creating a safer world, this kind of leadership will help to improve the reputation of the United States around the world.

Bonamici supports ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban and opposes developing new nuclear weapons systems. She supports continuing and enhancing diplomatic relations with Iran and the use of economic and political incentives to dissuade Iran from developing nuclear weapons. She believes that our troops have done their jobs in Iraq and Afghanistan and it is time to bring them home.[12]

PDA contact

In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Susan Bidari, was assigned as contact for Rep. Suzanne Bonamici. In June it was Dan McFarling.[13][14]

Congressional Letter for Neutrality, 2014 Salvadoran Elections

On Monday December 16, 2014 Reps. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) sent a letter to Sec. of State John Kerry – signed by 51 Members of Congress – calling for a public statement of neutrality by the State Department before the first round of El Salvador’s presidential elections on February 2, 2014.

The letter, , highlighted several “important steps” that the current government has taken to “strengthen its democratic system and expand the right to vote to all citizens,” including those living outside of the country, who will be voting by absentee ballot for the first time in February. Since the election of Mauricio Funes, the first President from the Marxist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, the government has increased the number of polling places four-fold to increase accessibility, especially in rural areas.

“We’re glad to see so many Members of Congress expressing respect for the right of the Salvadoran people to determine their own future. That’s an attitude that’s sorely lacking in much of the US’ policy in Central America, especially with regard to economic policy,” said Alexis Stoumbelis, Executive Director for the pro-communist Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), in Washington, DC, which has observed every post-war election in El Salvador, starting in 1994.

Signatories included Rep. Suzanne Bonamici .[15].

JStreet endorsement

The socialist infiltrated, anti-Israel "two state solution" JStreet PAC endorsed Suzanne Bonamici in her 2014 Congressional race. [16]JStreet endorsed her again 2016.

Having traveled Israel with her family, Bonamici is an outspoken supporter of a two-state solution. JStreetPAC is excited to support Congresswoman Bonamici for a third time in 2016.[17]

Letter on US-Mexico security Co-operation


From Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice;

Urgent alert from our friends at CISPES- Los Angeles Chapter : "The US plans to expand cooperation between Mexico and the United States to unfairly and inhumanely target Central American migrants and asylum seekers at the upcoming "Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America".
We asked Representative Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach to author a letter to Secretary Tillerson calling for to put the human rights of Central Americans and all migrants and refugees front and center, and he's circulating a letter now. To have the biggest impact possible we need as many Members of Congress as possible to sign this letter!
Call or email your representative today and ask them to join Mr. Lowenthal as a co-signer.

Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) led 37 Members of Congress, including top Democrats from the Armed Forces, Judiciary and Appropriations committees, in sending a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to raise red flags about “suggestions that the United States deepen security collaboration with Mexico along its southern border [with Guatemala] due to evidence that Mexico’s Southern Border Program has led to wide-spread human rights violations and abuses against migrants and asylum-seekers.”

Signers: Don Beyer (D-VA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Mike Capuano (D-MA), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), John Conyers (D-MI), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, DC), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Barbara Lee (D-CA) , Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), James McGovern (D-MA), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Adam Smith (D-WA), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Maxine Waters (D-CA), John Yarmuth (D-KY).[18]

"Green New Deal"

From the Sunrise Movement:[19]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has released a proposal for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, a plan that would transform our economy and society at the scale needed to stop the climate crisis.

We have the momentum to make a Green New Deal real, but we need a critical mass of Congresspeople to support the proposal.

Take action on Dec. 10 to show Congress the Green New Deal is a top priority.

Congressional supporters by January 11 2019 included Suzanne Bonamici.

HR 109 endorser

By February 20 2019 endorsers of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's HR 109 (Green New Deal) included Suzanne Bonamici.

Medicare for All Act

In February 2019 Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced H.R.1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019. By May 29 she had 110 co-sponsors including Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.

2012 endorsements


  1. Bonamici for Congress bio, accessed Nov. 5, 2012
  2. Bonamici for Congress bio, accessed Nov. 5, 2012
  3. Bonamici for Congress bio, accessed Nov. 5, 2012
  4. Bonamici for Congress bio, accessed Nov. 5, 2012
  5. [ These Democrats Are Bringing 'Dreamers' to President Trump's State of the Union Address, Accessed January 30 2018
  6. [ Senator Harris to Bring California UndocuBlack DACA Recipient to State of the Union, Accessed January 30 2018
  7. WIN-PAC, Our History, accessed June 28, 2010
  8. [, Oregon Seniors Endorse Bonamici For Congress Press Release By: Suzanne Bonamici Date: Nov. 29, 2011]
  9. PAF
  10. Bonamici for Congress bio, accessed Nov. 5, 2012
  11. Meet the Candidates, accessed April 10, 2013
  12. CLW bio, accessed July 10, 2013
  13. PDA May 2013 Educate Congress Digest Letter drops (191 in total – 105 in April )
  14. PDA June 2013 Educate Congress Digest
  15. CISPES press release, Press Statement: 51 Members of Congress Call for US Neutrality in Salvadoran Elections December 16, 2013
  16. J Street The political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans
  17. JStreetPAC 2016 Endorsees
  18. CISPES June 15, 2017 Trump Administration's Agenda at Conference in Miami Provokes Controversy and Opposition
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  20. Bonamici for Congress bio, accessed Nov. 5, 2012