Suzanne Bonamici

Born:October 14, 1954 (age 69)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 2012-present
Oregon State Senate, 2008-2012
Oregon House of Representatives, 2007-2008
Education:A.A., Lane College
B.A., University of Oregon
J.D., University of Oregon School Of Law

Suzanne Bonamici has represented Oregon's 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since February 7, 2012.

Born October 14, 1954, Bonamici grew up in Michigan and moved to Oregon in the mid-1970s. She earned an A.A. from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Oregon. In 1983, she received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School Of Law. During college and law school, she worked at Lane County Legal Aid Service.

After law school, Bonamici was an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington D.C., where she was in the Credit Practices Division of the Bureau of Consumer Protection and later worked for a law firm. In 2001, she began working as a legislative assistant in the Oregon House of Representatives. In 2007, Bonamici was elected to her first term in the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 34 in Washington County. She served as a member of the House Health Care and Judiciary committees and as vice-chair of the House Consumer Protection Committee. In 2008, she was appointed to the Oregon State Senate to represent District 17. In 2009, she served as chair of the Senate Consumer Protection & Public Affairs Committee and as a member of the Senate Judiciary and Education & General Government Committees. In 2011, Bonamici was elected as assistant majority leader. In the 2011 legislative session, she also served as chair of the Redistricting Committee and as a member of the Education and Workforce Development, Judiciary, and Consumer and Small Business Protection committees.

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