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mary.bono@FaegreBD.com1050 K Street NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20001

T: +1 202 589 2858
F: +1 202 312 7461

1950 University Avenue
Suite 450
East Palo Alto, California 94303

T: +1 202 589 2858
F: +1 650 324 6701


University of Southern California
B.A. (1984)


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The Honorable Mary Bono


Mary Bono, a former United States congresswoman who represented California's Inland Empire and Desert Region in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1998-2013, focuses her government advocacy and consulting practice on legislative, regulatory and policy matters affecting the technology, privacy, data security, energy and health care industries. During Mary's 15-year congressional career, she served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Armed Services Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Small Business Committee. A public figure herself, Mary utilizes her firsthand media relations experience to provide guidance to clients on media and strategic communications matters.

Technology, Privacy and Cybersecurity

Mary is widely recognized as a national leader on privacy issues and a global champion of Internet innovation. As a member of the Telecommunications and the Internet subcommittees in the House, Mary focused on key public policy issues relating to telecommunications, privacy and cybersecurity. During Mary's lengthy tenure in Congress, the House of Representatives passed many of her bills, including the Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass (SPY ACT), which protects an individual's personal information on the Web. The House also passed a resolution introduced by Mary that expressed congressional support of an Internet free from intergovernmental control.

Mary brings firsthand experience to her clients as she works with them to develop thoughtful policies that grow the Internet economy and maximize opportunities to compete in the global marketplace. As a leading proponent of the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, Mary has been a strong advocate for thoughtful and meaningful intellectual property policies to protect the rights of those who create digital content, including movies, television, music, video games and other media. She has also worked closely with various agencies on regulatory issues, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Commerce. Through her well-established reputation in this area, Mary has developed lasting professional relationships with well-known high-tech firms and cutting-edge startups in Washington, D.C., California and throughout the country.

Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade

Mary was the first woman to serve as the Republican chairman of the subcommittees on the Energy and Commerce Committee. She was awarded the gavel to chair the prestigious Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, with jurisdiction over the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) and other high-profile agencies. Mary earned a reputation for being a consensus builder, adept at building bipartisan support for her legislative initiatives, including the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, which saved thousands of American jobs when it was signed into law by President Obama. Mary's commitment to jumpstart American manufacturing led her subcommittee to convene multiple hearings in an effort to "Make Made in America Matter Again."


As a longtime member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Mary supported American energy and was involved in passing comprehensive energy policies. Her deep understanding of energy policy complements the sophisticated energy practices at FaegreBD Consulting and its law firm affiliate, Faegre Baker Daniels. While serving on the E&C Committee, Mary and her colleagues considered a number of key legislative initiatives impacting the oil and gas industry, including:

  • The American Clean Energy and Security Act
  • The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act
  • The Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012
  • The Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012

Mary's instrumental involvement in this legislation gives her a unique perspective on these issues as they continue to be deliberated in Congress.

Health Care

Mary's record as a congresswoman speaks highly of her commitment to technology, job creation and consumer protection. She is equally well known for her willingness to step to the forefront of the nationwide fight against prescription drug abuse as co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse. While in Congress, she successfully spearheaded health-related legislation, including the Combating Autism Act and the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act. Today, Mary combines her vast experience with technology, cybersecurity and privacy with her knowledge and reputation on health care matters. Mary recognizes that, whether talking about the security of medical devices or the privacy of medical records, promoting technology while protecting information and privacy is essential.

Further Accomplishments

As the daughter of a World War II veteran, Mary has been deeply involved throughout her career on issues important to American veterans and active members of the U.S. military. Most notably, she played a pivotal role in the creation of much-needed VA clinics in Blythe and Palm Desert, California. Today, she remains a key part of the Navy Seal Foundation.

As a congresswoman, Mary had legislation signed into law by Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama — testament to her understanding and mastery of legislative and political processes. Mary also served as chair of the Women's Policy Committee in the House, which included 24 female Republican lawmakers from 17 states. She spearheaded passage of legislation that established the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument in the Palm Springs region, a novel approach for balancing private property rights with the preservation of unique natural lands. The Secretary of the Interior cited this legislation as the model for future designations of such nature. Mary was also the driving force behind multiple pieces of legislation that settled decades-old water disputes between water agencies, local governments and local Native American tribes.


  • National Rx Drug Abuse Summit — Courage Award
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce — Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • Independent Women's Forum —Women of Valor Award
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America — Champion of the Year
  • The Association for Addiction Professionals — Legislator of the Year Award
  • 60 Plus Association — Guardian of Senior's Rights Award
  • National Association of Manufacturers — Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award
  • First Focus Campaign for Children — Defender of Children Award
  • Mental Health America — Legislator of the Year Award
  • National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare — Legislator of the Year Award
  • National Farmers Union (NFU) — Golden Triangle Award
  • Partnership for a Drug-Free America — Guardian Award
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) — Congressional Honors
  • International Hispanic Awards Gala — Legislator of the Year
  • Americans for Tax Reform — Hero of the Taxpayer Award
  • The National Federation of Independent Business — Guardian of Small Business Award
  • Politico — One of Five Key Players to Watch in Technology
  • Ladies' Home Journal — One of the Most Fascinating Women of the Year
  • George Magazine — One of the 20 Most Fascinating Women in Politics

Professional Associations

  • 21st Century Privacy Coalition — Co-chair

Civic Activities

  • PGA REACH — Board of Trustees
  • PBS SoCal — Board of Trustees
  • Navy Seal Foundation — Tribute Committee
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America — Board Member
  • Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse— Co-Founder, Honorary Chairman
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival — Honorary Chair
  • Palm Springs Women in Film and Television — Honorary Advisor


  • Data Solutions for 2015: Legislative, Public Policy and Business Responses
    Moderator, From Data Vulnerability in 2014 to Data Solutions in 2015, Faegre Baker Daniels, Minneapolis, March 2015
  • Improving Communications With Physicians (moderator), Cracking Down on Unlawful Rx Marketing (moderator) and Realities of Rx Drug Abuse (panelist)
    National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, Atlanta, April 22, 2014
  • Congressional Briefing on Prescription Drug Overdose
    Panelist, Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2014
  • Running Dry
    Panelist, Symposium on Drought and Water Scarcity in the West, Palm Springs, California, March 20, 2014
  • Women in Congressional Leadership
    Panelist, Seventh Annual Forum on Women in Leadership, Washington, D.C., March 13, 2014
  • Energy & Environmental Policy – A View from the Chairman
    Moderator, Energy & Environmental Symposium: A Conversation with National Stakeholders, Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014
  • Paralysis, Dysfunction and Gridlock in Washington - and Solutions for Fixing the Mess
    Roundtable participant, The Aspen Institute Democracy Series, Washington, D.C., December 18, 2013
  • Winning in Washington: When Your "Legal" Problem Requires a D.C. Playbook
    Panelist, National Association of Women Lawyers Ninth Annual General Counsel Institute, New York City, November 8, 2013
  • Prevention Policy Outlook from Capitol Hill
    Q&A, National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Washington, D.C., October 9, 2013
  • Breakfast Briefing
    Panelist, Indiana Chamber of Commerce D.C. Fly-In, Washington, D.C., September 19, 2013
  • Inside Congress: Understanding Congressional Operations
    The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., September 17, 2013
  • Challenging the Status Quo: Women in Politics
    Panelist, Women 2020: Celebrating Progress - How Women Are Changing the World, Washington, D.C., July 18, 2013
  • Advocacy 101
    12th Annual Association of Recovery Schools Conference, Del Mar, California, July 11, 2013
  • California Republican Reformers Conference
    Keynote speaker, California Republican Reformers, Santa Barbara, California, June 22, 2013
  • Is California Becoming an Energy Island or Part of the Western States Energy Solution?
    Moderator, Western Energy Leadership Summit, Keystone, Colorado, May 21, 2013


  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
    Presenter of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award to U2, Palm Springs International Film Society, January 4, 2014
  • Power Women in Advocacy Reception
    Honorary Host, Professional Women in Advocacy Conference, December 9, 2013
  • Recovery for Life Gala
    Award presenter, Caron Treatment Centers, October 8, 2013
  • Annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner
    Mistress of ceremonies, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), September 24, 2013
  • 12th Annual Association of Recovery Schools Conference
    Opening session moderator, Association of Recovery Schools, July 11, 2013
  • America Honors Recovery
    Award presenter, Faces & Voices of Recovery, June 26, 2013

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