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Mary Bono
American politician

Mary Bono

Mary Bono
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Intro American politician
Is Politician Restaurateur Fitness coach
From United States of America
Field Business Politics Sports
Gender female
Birth 24 October 1961, Cleveland, USA
Age 61 years
Star sign Scorpio
Politics Republican Party
Spouse: Sonny Bono
University of Southern California Bachelor of Arts
Mary Bono
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Mary Bono (née Whitaker and formerly Mary Bono Mack, born October 24, 1961) is an American Republican politician, businesswoman, and lobbyist who served Palm Springs and most of central and eastern Riverside County in the United States House of Representatives from 1998 to 2013.

Bono was first elected to Congress to replace her late husband, Sonny Bono, who had died months before. She sat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and was Chairwoman for the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

On March 19, 2013, Bono announced she was joining Washington, D.C.-based federal affairs firm Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting as senior vice president. Now a principal, she focuses her government advocacy and consulting practice there on legislative, regulatory and policy matters related to the entertainment, media and information technology sectors. She also is a nationally recognized advocate for drug abuse prevention and treatment.

In the wake of the Michigan State University sex abuse scandal and the Deborah Daniels report as a result, Bono was named on October 12, 2018 as the interim president and chief executive officer of USA Gymnastics. She resigned four days later, following criticism over her previous role as a lobbyist for USA Gymnastics and for her marking out the Nike logo on her sneakers over Nike's support for Colin Kaepernick.

Bono is married to former astronaut and retired Navy rear admiral Stephen S. Oswald.

Early life and career

Bono was born Mary Whitaker in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Karen Lee (née Taylor), a chemist, and Dr. Clay Westerfield Whitaker, a physician and World War II veteran. In 1963, the family moved to South Pasadena, California.

She graduated from the University of Southern California in 1984 with a bachelor of arts in art history. She was an accomplished gymnast in her youth.

In 1986, she married actor/singer Sonny Bono and moved to Palm Springs where the two operated a restaurant they owned. Sonny Bono served as Mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 to 1992 before being elected to Congress in 1994. Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident on January 5, 1998.

In 1998, before she was elected to Congress, Bono strongly supported the Copyright Term Extension Act.

Subsequently, she won the Republican nomination for the special election to succeed him in what was then the 44th District. She then won in the special election held on April 7, 1998. She won a full term later that same year, in November 1998. She was re-elected six more times from this district, which was renumbered as the 45th after the 2000 census. She was reelected without serious difficulty until 2010, when former Palm Springs mayor Steve Pougnet held her to 52 percent of the vote.

After the 2010 census, however, her district was renumbered as the 36th District and made somewhat more Democratic and Hispanic than its predecessor. In a significant upset, Democratic challenger Raul Ruiz, a physician, defeated her with 53 percent of the vote to Bono Mack's 47.1 percent.Bono was, at the time, the sole female Republican in California's congressional delegation, and until Congresswoman Mimi Walters was elected in November 2014, no other female Republican was part of the delegation.

As a principal at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, Bono advises clients on telecommunications, energy, health care, land management and water policy sectors, as well as strategic communications. She works with telecommunications companies to "develop thoughtful policies that grow the Internet economy and maximize broadband networks throughout the U.S." In June 2013, a group of leading telecommunications firms announced formation of the 21st Century Privacy Coalition, which focuses on updating U.S. privacy and data security laws. Mary Bono and Jon Leibowitz, former Federal Trade Commission chairman, were named co-chairs of the coalition.

In June 2013, Bono helped lead expansion of Faegre Baker Daniels and Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting into Silicon Valley, in her home state of California. Bono leads Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting's focus on information technology services in Silicon Valley while operating primarily from the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

In 2018 she was interim CEO of USA Gymnastics for 3 days.

Congressional career

Bono, c. 2007

Mary Bono served in Congress for 15 years, where she worked on legislation and issues related to intellectual property, energy, health, telecommunications, privacy and more. Her legislative work includes a bill that calls for country-of-origin labeling for fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as several energy-saving bills to reward companies for utilizing clean burning fuel technologies and increase the energy-efficiency of federal buildings. In 2000, Bono helped pass legislation that established the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument in the Palm Springs region. The House of Representatives passed her Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass (SPY ACT), which would protect an individual's personal information on the Web. Bono secured federal recognition of Frank Sinatra Day, which was to be every subsequent May 13. Also, Bono has sponsored legislation that provides funding for obesity studies and improved nutrition programs nationwide, autism research, and Federal funding under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Act. In 2011, her bill, H.R. 2715, was signed into law with bipartisan support to amend and improve the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The daughter of a veteran, Bono also played a key role in creation of much-needed VA clinics in Blythe and Palm Desert, California.

National Journal gave Bono a 60% composite conservative score and a 40% compositive liberal score based on her 2012 voting record. Bono followed the Republican Party line 89% of the time, according to Congressional Quarterly. In 2004, she received an 84% approval rating from the Christian Coalition of America, but this fell to 33% in 2008. In 1999, she voted in favor of the Largent Amendment to ban adoption by same-sex couples in Washington, D.C. Bono has, however, voted twice against the Federal Marriage Amendment which would have banned same-sex marriage. She is pro-choice and NARAL Pro-Choice America gave her a 100% rating in 2012. In June 2009, she voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would have implemented a national cap and trade system for greenhouse gas emissions. In December 2010, she was one of fifteen Republican House members to vote in favor of repealing the United States military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly homosexual service members. In 2013, after losing reelection, Bono was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage during the Hollingsworth v. Perry case.

Mary Bono with Henry Hyde during a press conference related to the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

In 1998, Bono was added to the House Judiciary Committee by the Republican leadership in anticipation of the consideration of impeachment proceedings against President Clinton, thus becoming the only Republican woman on the committee. Bono voted along party lines on all four motions for impeachment in both the committee and on the House floor, despite other moderate Republican House members voting against Articles II, III, and IV.

She has received numerous awards from such organizations as Americans for Tax Reform, National Federation of Independent Businesses, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the SunLine Transit Agency for her support of alternative fuel technologies. She signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade (Chairwoman)
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
  • United States House Committee on Armed Services
  • United States House Committee on the Judiciary
  • United States House Committee on Small Business

Bono was chairwoman of the House Energy Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. This committee debates legislation related to intellectual property, telecommunications, energy and healthcare. She was the first Republican woman to chair this subcommittee. She was co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse. In 2012, she formed and chaired the House Women's Policy Committee, which included 24 female Republican lawmakers from 17 states.

Caucus memberships

  • America Supports You Caucus
  • Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • International Conservation Caucus
  • Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Hispanic Conference {associate member}
  • Republican Main Street Partnership

Advocacy and causes

Bono is a leading advocate for drug abuse prevention and treatment. At the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 15th Annual Drug-Free Kids Dinner, Tom Reddin, vice-chair of the 2013 Drug-Free Kids Campaign, introduced her:

In addition to serving on CADCA's board, Bono is the honorary chairman of Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse and the honorary chair of Rally2Recovery. She has spoken and presented awards at numerous events in support of prevention and recovery, including the Association of Recovery Schools Conference, America Honors Recovery, Recovery for Life Gala and the Annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner.

Bono serves on the Tribute Committee of the Navy SEAL Foundation, which focuses on honoring SEALs and supporting their families.

Media coverage

In August 2013, Bono was a panelist at the National Journal's Women 2020 event and discussed her experiences as a woman in Congress and work that still needs to be done regarding gender equality.

She has been the subject of numerous profiles for a wide array of publications and television shows, including People, Capital Style, Elle, Entertainment Tonight, Esquire, George, Good Housekeeping, Hello!, Ladies' Home Journal, and PBS. Bono's national profile increased significantly in 1998 when she sat on the House Judiciary panel to consider impeachment articles against Bill Clinton.

She was named one of the "Most Fascinating Women of 1998" by Ladies' Home Journal magazine in conjunction with CBS Television. She was also selected by the former George magazine as one of the 20 most fascinating women in politics. In 2008, she was named the "Seventh Hottest Politician in the World" by Maxim.

Personal life

In March 1986, she married actor/singer Sonny Bono, and moved to Palm Springs where the two operated a restaurant they owned. Sonny was 51, Mary 24. Sonny Bono served as Mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 to 1992 before being elected to Congress in 1994. During her marriage to Sonny Bono, Mary took courses in Scientology but never took to the religion. After Bono's death in 1998, she began dating Brian Prout, drummer of the country music band Diamond Rio. The two became engaged in 2001 but did not marry.

In 2001, she married Wyoming businessman Glenn Baxley about 18 months after they met in Mexico. They filed for divorce in 2005. On December 15, 2007, Bono married Congressman Connie Mack IV (R-FL) in Asheville, North Carolina. In May 2013, the couple announced they had separated on amicable terms and divorced later that month.

In September 2015, Bono married former astronaut and retired Navy rear admiral Stephen S. Oswald.

Mary Bono has a son born in 1988, and a daughter born in 1991, from her marriage to Sonny Bono. In addition to her family, Bono has interests in music and outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. In the April 2008 edition of Golf for Women magazine, she was listed as "one of the 50 most powerful women who play golf."

After attending a lecture by mountaineer-turned-humanitarian Greg Mortenson, Bono worked with him to aid his efforts to build schools for girls in the mountainous regions of Pakistan. Bono is quoted in Mortenson's book Three Cups of Tea as saying "I've learned more from Greg Mortenson about the causes of terrorism than during all our briefings on Capitol Hill."

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 28 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is Mary Bono?
A: Mary Bono is an American attorney and politician. She served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1998 to 2013, representing the 45th congressional district of California.
Q: What political party does Mary Bono belong to?
A: Mary Bono is a member of the Republican Party.
Q: What committees did Mary Bono serve on during her time in Congress?
A: During her time in Congress, Mary Bono served on several committees, including the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on Ways and Means, and the Committee on Homeland Security.
Q: What are some of the key issues Mary Bono focused on during her political career?
A: Mary Bono focused on a variety of key issues during her political career, including healthcare, energy policy, intellectual property rights, and national security.
Q: What is Mary Bono's current occupation?
A: As of 2021, Mary Bono works as a consultant and advocate in the field of health, wellness, and sports performance. She also continues her involvement in various nonprofit organizations.
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