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Rep. David Bonior

Former Representative for Michigan’s 10th District

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
Photo of Rep. David Bonior [D-MI10, 1993-2002]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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.

Enacted Legislation

Bonior was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%)

Recent Bills

Some of Bonior’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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