Bono, Mary (1961–)

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Bono, Mary (1961–)

American politician. Born Mary Whitaker, Oct 24, 1961, in Cleveland, Ohio; grew up in Pasadena, California; dau. of Clay (physician) and Karen Whitaker (chemist); University of Southern California, BA, 1984; m. Sonny Bono (singer and US congressional representative), Feb 1986 (died 1998); m. Glenn Baxley (businessman), Nov 24, 2001; children: Chesare Elan Bono and Chianna Maria Bono.

Republican, elected to Congress from California's 44th District (April 7, 1998) in a special election to fill the seat previously held by late husband; relected (2000, 2002, 2004); served on the Energy and Commerce Committee; founded and co-chaired the Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus and the Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention Caucus.