DAVID EDWARD BONIOR (born June 6, 1945) is an American politician
from the US state of
Michigan . First elected to the U.S. House of
Representatives in 1976, Bonior served as Democratic whip in the House
from 1991 to 2002, during which time Democrats were in both the
majority (1991–1995) and minority (1995–2002), making Bonior the
third and second highest-ranking Democrat in the House, respectively.
During his tenure in office, Bonior was the public face of Democratic
opposition to the
North American Free Trade Agreement
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and
was known for his tenacity in opposing Republican Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich , against whom Bonior filed more than seventy-five
* 1 Early life
* 2 Political career
* 3 Post-congressional career
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Bonior was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Irene (Gavreluk) and
Edward Bonior. He traces his family history from
He graduated from Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods,
in 1963, where he excelled in sports. He received a B.A. from the
University of Iowa
University of Iowa , where he also played football and became a member
of the Iowa Beta chapter of
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, in 1967.
He received an M.A. from Chapman College in
Orange, California , in
1972. He served in the
United States Air Force
United States Air Force during the peak of the
Vietnam War , from 1968 to 1972. However, he did not serve in Vietnam
. He was a founder of the Vietnam Era Veterans Caucus on Capitol Hill
and was a strong support of the Vietnam veterans' movement.
Bonior was a Democratic member of the
Michigan State House of
Representatives from 1973 to 1976. In 1976, he was elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives from Michigan's 12th District (based in
Macomb County ) for the 95th and to the twelve succeeding Congresses,
serving from January 3, 1977 to January 3, 2003. His district was
renumbered as the 10th in 1993, after
Michigan lost a House seat as a
result of the
1990 United States Census
1990 United States Census .
From 1991 to 2002, Bonior was the House Democratic Whip. He served as
Majority Whip in the 102nd and 103rd Congresses. He was Minority Whip
for the 104th through 107th Congresses. While the Democrats were in
the majority, Bonior was the third-ranking Democrat in the House,
Tom Foley and
House Majority Leader
House Majority Leader
Dick Gephardt .
While they were in the minority, Bonior was second-in-command behind
In Congress, Bonior generally had a progressive voting record, but
opposed abortion in most cases. In 1991 he strongly supported
Ukraine as an independent nation and was critical of
the Bush administration on that matter.
For most of his tenure in Congress, Bonior represented a fairly
compact district in Macomb and St. Clair counties northeast of
Detroit. However, after the
2000 United States Census
2000 United States Census ,
one of its 16 seats in the House of Representatives. The redistricting
process was controlled by the Republican majority in the state
legislature, and Bonior's home in
Mount Clemens was shifted from the
10th District to the 12th District. That district had long been
represented by Democrat
Sandy Levin , a longtime friend of Bonior's.
At the same time, the state legislature radically altered the 10th,
extending it all the way to the Thumb . The new 10th was considerably
more rural and Republican than its predecessor; George W. Bush
narrowly won the old 10th, but would have won the new 10th by a large
margin. By all accounts, the 10th had been redrawn for popular
Michigan Secretary of State and
Macomb County resident
Candice Miller .
Bonior opted to run for Governor of
Michigan , and stepped down as
House Democratic Whip in early 2002. He lost in a heavily contested
primary between former Governor
James Blanchard , and then-Michigan
Attorney General and eventual nominee
Jennifer Granholm , who went on
to be elected to two terms as governor. Meanwhile, Candice Miller
easily won Bonior's old House seat and held it until retiring in 2016.
Following his retirement from the House, Bonior became a professor of
labor studies at
Wayne State University
Wayne State University , and founded American Rights
at Work , a union advocacy organization of which he currently serves
as chairman. In 2006, former Senator
John Edwards chose Bonior to run
his campaign for the presidency in 2008 . Bonior served as campaign
manager for the duration of Edwards' candidacy. Upon the election of
Barack Obama in November 2008, Bonior was a member of the
President-Elect's economic advisory board. Bonior's
Congressional District from 1993 to 2003
He has also become a restaurateur , owning and operating the
restaurants Agua 301 and Zest.
Bonior is a member of the ReFormers Caucus of
Issue One .
Wikisource has original works written by or about:
DAVID E. BONIOR
* ^ Akers, Mary Ann. Where Are They Now? David Bonior, Bill Clinton
Archived October 10, 2008, at the
Wayback Machine . washingtonpost.com
The Sleuth. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
* ^ CNN-Time All Politics. Players: David A. (sic.) Bonior,
1997-03-03. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
* ^ Bonior, David E. (January 1, 2001). "Walking to Mackinac".
Michigan Press. Retrieved October 24, 2016 – via
* ^ "A Family Journey into Industrial America". Macomb Community
College. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
* ^ A B GREETINGS, CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES, The Ukrainian
Weekly (8 December 1991)
* ^ "FindArticles.com - CBSi". Retrieved October 24, 2016.
Wayne State University
Wayne State University Public Relations. Former U.S.
David Bonior donates personal papers to Wayne State
University\'s Walter P. Reuther Library. 2003-02-19. Retrieved
* ^ American Rights at Work.
David Bonior Archived October 11,
2008, at the
Wayback Machine .. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
* ^ Christensen, Rob. Edwards aide seen as pit bull Archived June
13, 2008, at the
Wayback Machine .. Raleigh News Calmes, Jackie (7
November 2008). "Obama Seeks Speedy Action on Economy". The New York
Times . Retrieved 4 February 2015.
* ^ Nnamdi, Kojo (4 February 2015). "How Congress Has Shaped
D.C.\'s Dining Culture". The
Kojo Nnamdi Show.
WAMU . Retrieved 4
* ^ "ReFormers Caucus - Issue One". Retrieved October 24, 2016.