Mary Bono

Born:October 24, 1961 (age 58)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 1998-2012
Education:B.A., University of Southern California

Mary Bono assumed office April 1998, representing California's 45th District in the United States House of Representatives until 2012. She was elected through a special election, after the death of her husband, U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono.

Bono was born October 24, 1961, in Cleveland, Ohio, but in 1963 moved to South Pasadena, California. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in art history.

Bono helped pass legislature to establish Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument in the Palm Springs region. She was also instrumental in the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, a law that extended the terms of copyright. While she was in office, the House of Representatives passed Bono Mack's Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass (SPY ACT).

Bono was defeated in her bid for reelection in 2012. In March 2013, she joined Washington, D.C.-based federal affairs firm FaegreBD Consulting. She also is a nationally recognized advocate for drug abuse prevention and treatment.

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