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  Bonamici, Suzanne
<-  2012-01-31  
NameSuzanne Bonamici
Address2370 SW SCENIC Drive
Beaverton, Oregon 97225, United States
Website [Link]
Born October 14, 1954 (67 years)
Contributoreddy 9_99
Last ModifedPaul
Feb 05, 2013 02:43pm
InfoSuzanne 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. Many of her strongest childhood memories are of family camping trips with her two brothers.

After graduating from high school, Suzanne moved to Oregon with friends and fell in love with 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.
Suzanne has dedicated her entire career to making a difference in peoples’ economic lives.

During law school, 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.

After graduating, she 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, Suzanne 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.

Suzanne 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, her leadership and hard work was recognized and led to her appointment, and then election, to the Oregon Senate in 2008. She was reelected for a second term in 2010.

Suzanne took her dedication to making a difference in peoples’ economic lives as a consumer rights attorney and advocate for education to the Oregon legislature. 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.

Suzanne and Michael have been married for twenty-six years. Their children, now grown, attended school in the Beaverton School District. Suzanne, Michael and their cocker spaniel named Charley still live in the family’s home in Washington County.



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  11/08/2016 OR District 01 Won 59.61% (+22.65%)
  05/17/2016 OR District 01 - D Primary Won 89.74% (+79.82%)
  11/04/2014 OR District 01 Won 57.31% (+22.84%)
  11/06/2012 OR District 1 Won 59.60% (+26.55%)
  05/15/2012 OR District 1 - D Primary Won 98.95% (+97.89%)
  01/31/2012 OR District 1 - Special Election Won 53.81% (+14.24%)
  11/30/2011 OR District 1 - Special IPO Primary Won 64.37% (+28.74%)
  11/08/2011 OR District 1 - Special D Primary Won 65.27% (+43.11%)
  11/02/2010 OR State Senate 17 Won 64.07% (+28.28%)
  11/04/2008 OR State Senate 17 - Special Election Won 96.90% (+93.80%)
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  04/30/2008 OR State Senate 17 - Appointment Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
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  05/16/2006 OR State House 34- D Primary Won 99.36% (+98.73%)
OR US President - D Primary - May 17, 2016 D Hillary Clinton
OR US Senate - D Primary - May 20, 2008 D Jeff Merkley
OR US President - D Primary - May 20, 2008 D Barack Obama
C00500421 Bonamici for Congress $ 549080.75