Josiah Bonner

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Josiah Bonner ()
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Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Ethics Committee
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Josiah Robins Bonner, Jr., a Republican, has represented the 1st District of Alabama in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003.


Record and controversies

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Voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 [1]


Bonner has consistently been given a low approval rating by NARAL Pro-Choice America and high approval from the National Right to Life Committee, indicating he is pro-life. [2] Twice (2005 &2007) Bonner voted against human embryonic stem cell research and also voted yes (2003) on forbidding human cloning for reproduction and medical research.Bonner voted yes on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime (2004). Pro-life conservatives characterize a fetus as a human being and a citizen, and thus killing a fetus is in essence murder. This is the philosophy behind banning abortion because it is murder of a citizen. Bonner also yes on banning partial-birth abortion except to save a mother's life. (2003)[3]

Civil Rights & Liberties

The Human Rights Campaign has consistently given Bonner an extremely low rating, implying he is anti-gay rights. [4]In 2006, Bonner voted yes on constitutionally defining marriage as an union between a man and a woman and he voted yes in 2004 to the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. [5] Bonner has also has gotten fairly low ratings (17% in 2005 and 2006 and 32% in 2007), suggesting he is anti-affirmative action. [6]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.


Bonner takes a very conservative position on education. From 2005 to 2007, The National Education Association has given Bonner a grade of F and a rating score of 0. Among other interest groups that consistently have given him a low rating are National Association of Elementary School Principals,Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and National Parent Teacher Association. [7] In 2007, Bonner voted no on giving an additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects and in 2006 voted no on giving $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. These low ratings and opposition votes show Bonner usually does not support grants to public schools. Bonner also takes a conservative position on the presence of religion in school. In 2006 he voted no on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. [8]

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Bonner was born November 19, 1959 in Selma, Alabama. He was educated at the University of Alabama and recieved a B.A. in journalism in 1982. Later, he served as chief of staff and press secretary to former Congressman H. L. "Sonny" Callahan prior to winning his seat in 2002. He resides in Mobile, Alabama.

Bonner writes a weekly news column, and does weekly radio and televesion shows on events and issues in Washington. Bonner is the current hose of "Congressional Report," which started in the 1970s and is the "longest-running public affairs program of its kind in the country." The "Congressional Report" airs on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. on WKRG-TV5. [9]

Majority Whip Roy Blunt named Bonner an Assistant Whip in the 108th Congress.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Vivian Sheffield Beckerle to face Bonner in his bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [10] Bonner won the election.

2008 elections

Bonner decided to run in the 2008 elections to keep his seat.[1]

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Airbus Group$ 5,000
Northrop Grumman$ 5,000
American Crystal Sugar$ 2,500
Anheuser-Busch InBev$ 2,500
Honeywell International$ 2,500
Scotch Lumber$ 2,500
Balch & Bingham$ 2,250
Bachus for Congress$ 2,000
BAE Systems$ 2,000
General Dynamics$ 2,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Josiah Bonner
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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Josiah Bonner. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2236 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-4931 Fax: 202-225-0562
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District offices
  • 1302 North McKenzie Street, Foley, AL 36535
    Ph: 251-943-2073 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1141 Montlimar Drive Suite 3010, Mobile, AL 36609
    Ph: 251-690-2811, 1-800-288-8721 Fax: (none entered)
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2008 Campaign Contact Information

Official Bonner for Congress website

Phone: 251-460-2500

Fax: 251-460-4161

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