Suzanne Bonamici began her political career in 2006 when she was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives, and she subsequently served in the State Senate. In 2009, she was named Protector of Children’s Health by the Oregon Nurses Association for her work to protect children from harmful pesticides.
First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election at the end of 2011, Bonamici has been elected for her first full term. Bonamici’s superb environmental record speaks for itself: she has been an ardent supporter of Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio standard, which will require Oregon’s largest utilities to supply 25% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. She also supported multiple bills to increase the energy efficiency of Oregon homes, small businesses and schools, saving homeowners, business owners and school districts energy and money. The Oregon League of Conservation Voters recognized Bonamici’s excellent work at the state level with a lifetime score of 98.3%.
In Congress, Bonamici will continue to fight against subsidies for the fossil fuel industry and safeguard our nation’s fragile coastal ecosystems from offshore drilling. She also pledges to defend the EPA in its vitally important efforts to reduce carbon pollution and promote investment in energy efficiency and conservation.
In her own words:
"I will continue to consistently and emphatically support legislation aimed at protecting our environment from short-term and long-term threats, preserving our natural resources and pushing America toward a clean energy economy. I will also be an environmental leader in Congress, and understand that this requires vigorous advocacy to convince other legislators and policy-makers to adopt pro-environment positions on critical issues, standing up when necessary to powerful interests and bringing together various communities to create real change."
Source: LCV 2011-2012 Congressional Questionnaire