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Meet Mary Bono

A devoted mother, successful businesswoman and well-known political leader, Congresswoman Mary Bono has been hailed as the “embodiment of powerful American womanhood” by the Washington Times, rising to become Chairman of the influential U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. Today, she is widely recognized as a national leader on privacy and technology issues and a global champion of Internet freedom, as well as an outspoken advocate on issues important to women. In 2012, she was elected to serve as the first ever Chairman of the Women’s Policy Committee (WPC) in the House.

Congresswoman Bono was elected in 1998 to serve California’s 45th District in a special election held to fill the seat left vacant by her late husband and popular entertainer, the Honorable Sonny Bono, who died in a tragic skiing accident.

Since then, Bono established herself as a respected and closely-watched leader on a wide range of critically important issues while serving 8 terms in Congress (1998-2013). She focused her chairmanship on technology, job creation and consumer protection. In addition, she’s been at the forefront of the nationwide fight against prescription drug abuse, which impacts millions of teenagers across the United States and is now the fastest-growing drug problem in America and recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a public health epidemic.

Bono’s selection as Subcommittee Chairman for the 112th Congress was historic, making her the first Republican woman in American history to hold a gavel on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the oldest standing committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, dating back to 1795.

As Chairman, Bono spearheaded the passage of important bipartisan legislation which is credited with creating and saving tens of thousands of U.S jobs; extending critically important safeguards for millions of Americans, helping to protect them from online fraud; and keeping the Internet free from government interference, benefitting billions of people worldwide.

When it comes to her home state of California, Bono also sports a long list of notable achievements, including passage of legislation that established the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Mountains Monument in the Palm Springs region – which balanced private property rights with the preservation of unique lands – and was cited by the Secretary of the Interior as the model for future designations.

In a major victory for American consumers, Bono passed landmark legislation that calls for “country-of-origin” labeling for fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to several innovative energy-saving bills, rewarding companies for utilizing clean burning fuel technologies and increasing the energy-efficiency of federal buildings. The House of Representatives also overwhelmingly passed Bono’s Spy Act, which helps to protect American’s personal information on the Internet.

Bono served as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, Vice-Chairman of the Entertainment Task Force, and founder and Co-Chairman of the Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus. Her work in these areas and many others has been honored repeatedly by many of America’s leading organizations.

Bono also has been the subject of numerous profiles, including: NBC’s The Today Show, New York Times Magazine, USA Today, Washington Post, PEOPLE, Capital Style, ELLE Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, CNN’s Larry King Live, Esquire, Roll Call, The Hill, Politico, GEORGE Magazine, Good Housekeeping, HELLO Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, and PBS. In her first year in office, Bono was named one of the Most Fascinating Women of the Year by Ladies’ Home Journal magazine in conjunction with CBS Television. She was later selected by GEORGE Magazine as one of the 20 most fascinating women in politics.

A 1984 graduate of the University of Southern California, Bono is a Senior Vice-President at FaegreBD Consulting where she specializes in regulatory and policy matters related to the entertainment, media and information technology sectors.

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