10 Facts About Suzanne Bonamici


Suzanne Marie Bonamici is an American lawyer and politician serving as the US representative for Oregon's 1st congressional district, a seat she was first elected to in a 2012 special election.


Suzanne Bonamici was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006.


Suzanne Bonamici was born in Detroit and raised in a small Michigan town.


Suzanne Bonamici earned an associate degree from Lane Community College in 1978, and a bachelor's degree in 1980 and JD in 1983, both from the University of Oregon.


Suzanne Bonamici went into private practice in Portland and represented small businesses.


In early 2011, Suzanne Bonamici was mentioned as a possible successor to Representative David Wu after The Oregonian and Willamette Week reported that Wu exhibited odd behavior and clashed with his staff amid apparent mental illness during the 2010 election cycle.


Suzanne Bonamici defeated Republican nominee Rob Cornilles in the January 31,2012, special election by a 14-point margin.


In January 2023, Suzanne Bonamici was one of 13 cosponsors of an amendment to the Constitution of the United States extending the right to vote to citizens sixteen years of age or older.


Suzanne Bonamici was raised Episcopalian and Unitarian, and subsequently converted to Judaism.


Suzanne Bonamici attends Congregation Beth Israel with her husband, and their children.