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Jo Bonner


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Sonny Callahan

Born November 19, 1959 (1959-11-19) (age 50)
Selma, Alabama
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Janée Lambert
Children Jennifer Lee Bonner
Josiah Robins Bonner III
Residence Mobile, Alabama
Alma mater University of Alabama
Occupation political assistant
Religion Episcopalian

Josiah Robins (Jo) Bonner, Jr. (born November 19, 1959), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing Alabama's 1st congressional district.

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Life

Bonner was born in Selma, Alabama (but was raised in Camden, Alabama), to Imogene Virginia Lyons and Josiah Robins Bonner.[1] He was educated at the University of Alabama, graduating in 1982. Two years later he started working as campaign press secretary for Congressman Sonny Callahan, a Republican representing Alabama's 1st district. In 1989 Bonner was promoted to Callahan's chief of staff and moved to Mobile. From this position he was positioned to run for the seat after Callahan's retirement just before the June 2002 primary election. During that primary, despite having six opponents, including Tom Young, chief of staff to Senator Richard Shelby, Bonner won by a wide margin.

Bonner has served as a member of the board of directors for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Leadership Mobile, and the Mobile Chapter of the University of Alabama Alumni Association. In 2000, the College of Communications at The University of Alabama honored him as their Outstanding Alumnus in Public Relations. He was a member of Leadership Mobile, Class of 2000, where his classmates elected him co-president.

Bonner is married to the former Janée Lambert of Mobile. They are parents of a daughter, Jennifer Lee, age 12, and a son, Josiah Robins, III, age 10. The Bonners make their home in Mobile and are members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Bonner played a leading role in the Rep. Parker Griffith's decision to leave the Democratic Party.[2]

Electoral history

2006 General Election

Candidate Votes %
Jo Bonner (R) 112,841 68
Vivian Beckerle (D) 52,723 32
Jo Bonner (R) re-elected for 3rd term

2004 General Election

Candidate Votes %
Jo Bonner (R) 161,067 63
Judy McCain Belk (D) 93,938 37
Jo Bonner (R) re-elected for 2nd term

2002 General Election

Candidate Votes %
Jo Bonner (R) 108,102 60
Judy McCain Belk (D) 67,507 38
Other (Libertarian) 3,078 2
Jo Bonner elected

House record

In the House, Bonner has earned a consistent voting record and has made few waves as a party loyalist. Perhaps his most notable dissention was his opposition to on-shore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals for Mobile, but went on to propose an off-shore option for the future. He pushed for Representative Callahan's seat on the House Appropriations Committee but did not carry the support of his colleagues. One notable achievement has been his maintenance of the "Gulf Coast Congressional Report", which started airing in 1973 and bills itself as the longest running televised public service program hosted by a member of Congress.

Prior to being sworn in to the 108th Congress, Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-MO, named Bonner an Assistant Whip. The appointment made Bonner one of a number of freshmen who are now part of weekly leadership meetings with Blunt, the second-ranking member in the Republican Leadership behind only the Majority Leader. December 14 2005 he voted for the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act. On June 29 2005 he voted for the increase of funds by $25 million for anti-marijuana print a TV ads. On October 6, 2005 he voted for the Department of Homeland Security. On July 13, 2006 he was one of 33 votes against HR 9 - Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act.

Controversy

Bonner has consistently maintained that he is a "vigilant guardian of the taxpayers’ money, helping to eliminate wasteful and questionable spending". [3] Despite these statements Congressman Bonner and his wife, along with five other members of Congress, went on a two week tax payer funded tour of Ireland, Switzerland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China and Canada on a private military jet [4]

Committee Assignments

Group Ratings (2004)

References

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sonny Callahan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st congressional district

2003 – present
Incumbent
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