Since 2012, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici has represented the First Congressional District of Oregon, which includes Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop, and Columbia counties and part of Multnomah County.
Strengthening public education is one of Suzanne's top priorities and one of the reasons she got involved in public service. Suzanne spent hundreds of hours volunteering in public schools before serving in the Oregon State Legislature, where she passed legislation to reduce duplicative testing. In Congress, she is the Vice Ranking Member and a leader of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. Suzanne is dedicated to setting national policies that give students and educators support and opportunities they need to lead them to success in school and in life. She played a lead role in the passage of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind, reduces testing, puts more focus on well-rounded education, and gives more decision-making back to states and local districts.
Suzanne worked her way through college in Eugene, first at Lane Community College and then at the University of Oregon, where she earned her bachelor's degree and law degree. She is focused on making college more affordable and closing the skills gap so students enter the workforce with in-demand skills. Suzanne is the founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional STEAM Caucus, which aims to encourage innovation and creative thinking by integrating arts and design with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education.
Suzanne also serves as a member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and she is the top Democratic member on the Subcommittee on the Environment. From this position, she is working to address the causes and consequences of global climate change, and to make sure that policy decisions are based on science. As a representative of coastal Oregon and co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus, she is working to draw attention to issues that affect coastal communities, including ocean acidification, tsunami and earthquakes, extreme weather events, and marine debris.
In Congress, Suzanne focuses on federal policies that help working families get ahead and on building an economy that gives everyone the opportunity to succeed. She is a strong advocate for helping workers save for retirement and be financially secure. Suzanne also supports paid family leave, raising the federal minimum wage, and making sure workers have a voice on the job. Suzanne is vigilant about making sure that women have access to a full range of family planning services.
During college and law school, Suzanne worked at Lane County Legal Aid. After law school, Suzanne 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. In Congress, Suzanne has brought her commitment to consumer protection and access to justice to her work.
Suzanne and her husband Michael have two grown children and a Cocker Spaniel named Charley.