The Honorable Mary Bono

Principal - Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting


Mary Bono works closely with businesses and other entities nationwide to find bipartisan, win-win solutions in legislative, regulatory and policy matters. To advance policy objectives, Mary uses the results-focused approach she refined as a U.S. congresswoman representing California’s 45th District, during which she authored legislation signed into law by Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama.

Mary has established herself as a policymaker, influencer and authority on:

  • Technology, privacy and cybersecurity
  • Telecommunications
  • Energy
  • Health and life sciences
  • Drug abuse prevention, treatment and recovery
  • Lands management and water policy

Business and Policy Strategy

Businesses, industry groups and other organizations rely on Mary to develop creative and achievable solutions, unite stakeholders and produce results. She connects clients with decision-makers and influencers and advises them on presenting their case effectively and persuasively. Mary collaborates with legislators, executive branch officials, regulatory agencies, military leaders, state governments and international diplomats to achieve results.

Communications Strategy

Mary utilizes her media relations experience to help organizations advance their goals before both policymakers and the public. She helps clients formulate and execute strategies that advance both business and policy goals. She crafts messages and designs communication campaigns that cut through the noise, enhance visibility and influence public opinion.

Congressional Background

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. 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.

Personal Interests

Mary enjoys being active and enjoying the great outdoors — especially playing golf, flyfishing or hiking. She also loves to spend time with her husband and her family.

Mary is a consulting professional within Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, and does not act as a lawyer for clients. Learn more about the Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting practice.



University of Southern California
B.A. (1984)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Why Congress Should Act Now on Internet Privacy
    The Hill, March 2017
  • We Need Strong Privacy Protection — The Issue is how to get it
    Boston Globe, March 2017
  • Law Enforcement, Community Coalitions and Pharma
    Host of 360 Strategy Program, Louisville, KY, October 2016
  • Preparing Prescribers to Confront the Opioid Crisis
    Moderator, Capitol Hill Symposium, Washington, D.C. October 2015
  • Pain. Pill. Problem. 
    Speaker, Minnesota Moving Forward Together, Minneapolis, August 2015
  • Taking Action to Address the Nation’s Opioid Crisis
    Speaker, National Governors Association, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, July 2015
  • 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
  • Congress Needs to Think Twice Before Banning Internet Gaming
    Roll Call, February 13, 2014
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
    Presenter of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award to U2, Palm Springs International Film Society, January 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
  • Recovery for Life Gala
    Award presenter, Caron Treatment Centers, October 8, 2013
  • America Honors Recovery
    Award presenter, Faces & Voices of Recovery, June 26, 2013
  • California Republican Reformers Conference
    Keynote speaker, California Republican Reformers, Santa Barbara, California, June 22, 2013
  • Honoring Our Founders, Remembering Our Principles
    Real Clear Politics, February 18, 2013

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • Council for a Strong America — Senior Policy Council Member
  • Bipartisan Policy Center Task Force on Paid Family Leave — Co-Chair
  • Faces and Voices of Recovery — Board Member 
  • Former Members of Congress Association — Board Member
  • PGA REACH — Board of Trustees (2015-2017)
  • 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 (1998-2014)


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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