Representative Suzanne Bonamici
Suzanne Bonamici put herself through college and law school at the University of Oregon, where she earned BA and JD degrees. She then worked a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. and was in private law practice when she moved back to Oregon. She took a career break to raise her children, and volunteered for education, arts, and civic organizations. In 2001, she worked as a legislative assistant in the Oregon House of Representatives. She was elected to serve as a member of the Oregon House in 2007 and was appointed and then elected to the Oregon Senate in 2008.
In February of 2010, Senator Bonamici sponsored the Access to Business Capital Act to help small and emerging businesses in Oregon. During the 2009 Legislative session, as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Public Affairs she championed legislation to provide foreclosure assistance to homeowners and tenants, regulate unscrupulous debt collectors, protect Oregon seniors and veterans from having their exempt funds garnished, and strengthen Oregon's Lemon Law. She also serves on the Senate Judiciary and Education Committees.
Suzanne and her husband Michael Simon have been married for twenty-five years. They have two grown children and a cocker spaniel named Charley.