Bonior was the representative for Michigan’s 10th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2002.
He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 12th congressional district as a Democrat from 1977 to 1992.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
On May. 9, 1996, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigated Bonior for improper use of congressional employees with regard to a book published by Bonior in 1984 and improper salary payments to member of staff prior to her marriage to him. On May. 8, 1996, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed the second complaint. On May. 9, 1996, the committee returned the first complaint because the alleged violations occurred before the third previous Congress.
|May. 8, 1996||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed second complaint|
|May. 9, 1996||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct returned complaint because violations occurred before the third previous Congress|
Bonior is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Bonior sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Bonior was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.J.Res. 587 (100th): A joint resolution designating July 2 and 3, 1988, as “United States-Canada Days of Peace and Friendship”.
- H.J.Res. 307 (100th): A joint resolution designating July 25, 1987, as “Clean Water Day”.
- H.J.Res. 715 (99th): A joint resolution to designate July 2 and 3, 1987, as “The U.S.--Canada Days of Peace and Friendship”.
- H.J.Res. 227 (99th): A joint resolution designating the week of June 23, 1985, through June 29, 1985, as “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week”.
- H.J.Res. 1147 (95th): A resolution authorizing and requesting the President to designate the seven-day period beginning on May 28, 1979, as “Vietnam Veterans Week”.
- H.J.Res. 1165 (95th): A resolution authorizing and requesting the President to designate the seven-day period beginning on May 28, 1979, as “Vietnam Veterans Week”.
- H.J.Res. 1156 (95th): A resolution authorizing and requesting the President to designate the seven-day period beginning on May 28, 1979, as “Vietnam Veterans Week”.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Bonior sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (27%) Labor and Employment (16%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Law (12%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (10%) Commerce (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Private Legislation (6%)
Some of Bonior’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5459 (107th): To provide for and approve the settlement of certain land claims of ...
- H.R. 5271 (107th): To waive time limitations specified by law in order to allow the ...
- H.R. 4799 (107th): Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2002
- H.R. 3642 (107th): 401(k) Pension Right to Know Act of 2002
- H.R. 3374 (107th): To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a minimum pension ...
- H.Con.Res. 227 (107th): Condemning bigotry and violence against Arab-Americans, American Muslims, and Americans from South ...
- H.R. 2727 (107th): Arsenic-Lumber Child Protection Act
From Jan 1977 to Nov 2002, Bonior missed 1,030 of 14,058 roll call votes, which is 7.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2002. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills