A successful businesswoman and well-known political leader, Congresswoman Mary Bono was hailed as the "embodiment of powerful American womanhood" by the Washington Times, rising to become Chairman of the influential U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.
Today, she is widely recognized as a national leader on privacy and technology issues as well as a powerful advocate for issues important for addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery. Congresswoman Bono was elected in 1998 to serve California's 44th (later changed to 45th) Congressional District after the untimely death of her husband, entertainer turned Congressman Sonny Bono. And in 2012, she became the first ever Chairman of the Women's Policy Committee (WPC) in the House.
Bono established herself as a respected and closely-watched leader on a wide range of critically important issues while serving 8 terms in Congress (1998-2013). She focused her chairmanship on technology, privacy, job creation and consumer protection. In addition, she's been at the forefront of the nationwide fight against prescription drug abuse, which impacts millions of teenagers across the United States and is now the fastest-growing drug problem in America and recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a public health epidemic.
Bono's selection as Subcommittee Chairman for the 112th Congress was historic, and made her the first Republican woman in American history to hold a gavel on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the oldest standing committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, dating back to 1795.
Mary also served on the House Armed Services Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Small Business Committee. She authored legislation that was signed into law by Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, proving to be a true bipartisan consensus builder.
Mary previously served as Principal for Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting. Currently, Mary is on the board of directors for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and Verde Technologies. She is also the Chairman and CEO for Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse (MAPDA). She is married to former astronaut Admiral Steve Oswald (U.S. Navy, Retired) and is mother to Chesare Bono, Chianna Bono, stepmother to Chaz Bono and a grandmother of two.
Congresswoman Mary Bono //
Founder and President Member of Congress, Ret.
Whitney Taylor is the Executive Assistant for Integritas By Bono. Prior to joining the Integritas team, she was an intern at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), working on the public policy team. She is a graduate of Eckerd College (’14), and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University.
Before moving to the D.C. area, Whitney spent three years living in Southwest Florida working as an elementary school teacher and coaching youth softball. She is also currently the Director of Operations for Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse (MAPDA).
Whitney Taylor // Executive Assistant
Born and raised in Southern California, Marc Troast has over 20 years experience in the political field working with national, state and local officials. He worked on the Bush/Cheney team in 2000. In 2012, he worked closely with Team Romney, traveling throughout the country in support of the Republican nominee. In California, he worked on the successful 2003 Governor's Recall campaign. In 2010, he served as the Inland Empire Chair for Meg Whitman for Governor.
Marc is best know for his leadership while serving as both District Director and Political Director for Congresswoman Mary Bono for nearly 10 years. During that time he provided expertise on legislation and served as her spokesman in the district.
Marc Troast // California Affiliate - Troast & Associates