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Representative Suzanne Bonamici

Science, Space, and Technology; Education and the Workforce

“By focusing our investments on renewable resources, we not only protect our environment, but we also have the opportunity to support new industries, new jobs and innovative small businesses that are developing natural energy sources.”


Leadership: Congresswoman Bonamici is a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, where she holds a leadership position on the Environment Subcommittee.  In Congress, Congresswoman Bonamici has become a leading advocate in addressing climate change and the health of our oceans.

As the Co-Chair of the House Oceans Caucus, Congresswoman Bonamici prioritizes bipartisan solutions to issues affecting our oceans and coastal communities. She successfully introduced and passed into law the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act, which improves coordination between local, state, and federal agencies working to identify and mitigate harmful algae bloom events. It also provides funding for research to better understand the threat and work to reduce the frequency of such events. Bonamici has also taken a leading role in ocean acidification mitigation and tsunami warning and debris clean-up efforts.

As Ranking Member of the Environment Subcommittee, Congresswoman Bonamici has been speaking out against attempts to undermine scientists and eliminate efforts to curb climate change. Congresswoman Bonamici believes that the nation’s leadership in fighting global climate change must be bold and unwavering. She spoke out against the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and continues to push for new collaborations as an active member of the House Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.

Congresswoman Bonamici sponsored:

  • H.R. 312 (Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2017)
  • H.R. 1425 (To amend the Marine Debris Act to better address severe marine debris events, and for other purposes, 2013)
  • H.R. 1491 (To authorize the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administraion to provide certain funds to eligble entities for activities undertaken to address the marine debris impacts of the March 2011 Tohuko earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and for other purposes, 2013)
  • H.R. 6251 (Marine Debris Emergency Act of 2012)

Congresswoman Bonamici cosponsored:

  • H.R. 2203 (To authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to coral reef ecosystems and for other purposes.)
  • H.R. 2158 (To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil-, gas-, and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas of the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes.)
  • H.R. 1056 (Molalla River Wild and Scenic Rivers Act)
  • H.R. 845 (Ocean Acidification Research Partnerships Act)
  • H.R. 502 (To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.)
  • H.R. 169 (West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2017)
  • H.R. 239 (Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act)
  • H.R. 936 (Marine Disease Emergency Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1967 (Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 2469 (Columbia River Basin Restoration Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 2553 (Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 2717 (Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 2744 (Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act Amendments of 2015)
  • S. 1254 (Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014)
  • H.R. 584 (To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require labeling of genetically engineered fish, 2013)
  • H.R. 1215 (Chetco River Protection Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 2646 (REFI Pacific Act 2013)
  • H.R. 3414 (FISH Act)
  • H.R. 1171 (Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2012)
  • H.R. 3286 (Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 3307 (American Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Extension Act of 2011)