Don Leroy BONKER, Congress, WA (1937)


BONKER, Don Leroy, a Representative from Washington; born in Denver, Colo., March 7, 1937; attended the public schools in Westminister, Colo.; A.A., Clark College, Vancouver, Wash., 1962; B.A., Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oreg., 1964; graduate work, American University, Washington, D.C., 1964; served in United States Coast Guard, first class yeoman, 1955-1959; Clark County auditor, Vancouver, Wash., 1966-1974; aide to United States Senator Maurine Neuberger, 1964-1965; unsuccessful candidate for Washington secretary of state, 1972; delegate to Washington State Democratic conventions, 1968-1970; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1989); was not a candidate in 1988 for reelection to the United States House of Representatives, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate; unsuccessful candidate in 1992 for nomination to the United States Senate; is a resident of Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present