Show Notes

Former Congresswoman Mary Bono is currently Chairman of the Board of "Mother's Against Prescription Drug Abuse" (MAPDA) and has a significant history of involvement in advocacy to help those caught up in substance abuse. Today, she is widely recognized as a powerful advocate for issues important for addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery. 

A successful businesswoman and well-known political leader, Congresswoman Bono (ret.) 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. 

In April of 2022, Mary was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Merit Award from her alma mater, the University of Southern California.

Mary 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.

Mary previously served as Principal for Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting. Currently, Mary is also the Chairman of the Board for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and serves on the boards of SAFE Project (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic) and Verde Technologies.