Dan Bongino

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Daniel Bongino
Bongino Senate.jpg
Bongino in December 2011
Born(1974-12-04) December 4, 1974 (age 39)
Queens, New York, U.S.
ResidenceSeverna Park, MD, U.S.
Alma materCity University of New York,
Queens College

Pennsylvania State
University, University Park
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Paula Andrea Bongino
Website
Bongino For Senate
 
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Daniel Bongino
Bongino Senate.jpg
Bongino in December 2011
Born(1974-12-04) December 4, 1974 (age 39)
Queens, New York, U.S.
ResidenceSeverna Park, MD, U.S.
Alma materCity University of New York,
Queens College

Pennsylvania State
University, University Park
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Paula Andrea Bongino
Website
Bongino For Senate

Daniel "Dan" Bongino is a former United States Secret Service agent and was the Republican Party candidate in Maryland's 2012 election for the United States Senate.[1] He lost to incumbent Ben Cardin.[2] Bongino is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat from Maryland's 6th Congressional District in the 2014 election. The seat represents an area of Western Maryland and is currently held by incumbent Democrat John Delaney. In October 2013 Bongino was endorsed by an Allen West affiliated group.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Bongino attended the City University of New York, where he earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology, and Penn State University, where he earned a masters in business administration.[5]

New York City Police Department[edit]

Bongino began his career with the New York City Police Department in 1995 as a police cadet while attending the City University of New York full time. During his tenure in the cadet program, Bongino was a member of the distinguished pattern identification unit which specialized in the identification and apprehension of serial criminals. He also performed many hours of undercover operations in a number of inner city communities. Bongino graduated from the cadet program and became a full-time police officer in 1997, where he graduated with honors from the police academy.

U.S. Secret Service[edit]

Bongino joined the U.S. Secret Service in 1999 as a special agent after graduating from the Secret Service training academy with honors. Beginning his career in the New York Field Office, he investigated computer crimes, bank fraud, credit card fraud, protective intelligence, and counterfeiting. One of his cases involved more than $300 million in potential financial fraud with a nexus to international terrorism. This joint investigation -- in cooperation with the FBI, IRS, SSA and a number of local police agencies -- decimated a major international fraud ring. As a result, Bongino won a Department of Justice recognition award, along with other agency specific awards, for excellence in federal investigations.

He left the New York Field Office in 2002 to become an instructor at the Secret Service Training Academy in Beltsville, Maryland. He was the project manager for the re-design of the investigative tactics training program which he subsequently taught to incoming trainees. Bongino was awarded a number of commendations for his work in researching and re-designing the investigative curriculum to reflect current trends in federal crime.

In 2006, Bongino was assigned to the U.S. Presidential Protection Division during George W. Bush's term. He became one of the earliest tenured Special Agents to be given responsibility for an operational section of the protective detail. He remained on protective duty after Barack Obama became U.S. President and distinguished himself as the highest ranking member of his operational shift of agents. He was designated as lead agent for coordination of the President's trip to Prague, Czech Republic to sign the New START treaty. He also was lead agent for the U.S. President's visit to Jakarta, Indonesia and to an active war zone in Afghanistan. Bongino was awarded a series of commendations and left the protective detail as one of the most distinguished agents in their history. [6]

2012 U.S. Senate election[edit]

Bongino ran for political office to represent Maryland in the U.S. Senate.[7] He won the Republican primary on April 3, 2012, with 33.8 percent of the vote, defeating nine other candidates. He ran against Senator Ben Cardin and wealthy Independent Rob Sobhani in the November 2012 general election and finished second.[8]

2014 House of Representatives election[edit]

Bongino is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat from Maryland's 6th Congressional District in the 2014 election. The seat represents an area of Western Maryland and is currently held by incumbent Democrat John Delaney. In October 2013 Bongino was endorsed by an Allen West affiliated group.[9][10]

Political positions[edit]

Bongino is a member of the Groundswell,a coalition of Conservative and Libertarian activists fighting to advance Conservative causes, according to public documents.[11]

Bongino opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obamacare) and penned an editorial against it.[12]

Bongino has also written about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.[13]

2013 Book[edit]

In late 2013, Bongino's “Life Inside the Bubble” was released and immediately made it onto the New York Times Best Sellers list. The book discusses his experiences protecting presidents and investigating federal crimes along with his 2012 run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland. [14]

Personal life[edit]

Bongino is married to his wife Paula, and has two children. They reside in Severna Park, Maryland. Bongino and his wife are small business owners. [15] On November 15, 2013, Bongino lost a bet with Brian Wilson (WMAL AM630/FM105.9 in Washington, DC) that The President would not apologize for people losing their insurance under Obamacare. [16]

Election results[edit]

United States Senate election in Maryland, 2012[17]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticBen Cardin (incumbent)1,402,09255.41+1.20
RepublicanDaniel Bongino674,64926.66-17.53
IndependentS. Rob Sobhani420,55416.62N/A
LibertarianDean Ahmad30,6721.21+1.21
N/AOthers (write-in)2,5830.10+0.05
Majority727,443100.00
Turnout2,530,55068.23
Democratic holdSwing
2012 Maryland Senate Republican primary results[2][18]
PartyCandidateVotesPercentage
RepublicanDaniel Bongino66,56133.8%
RepublicanRichard J. Douglas55,90728.4%
RepublicanJoseph Alexander17,5678.9%
RepublicanBro Broadus10,5035.3%
RepublicanRick Hoover10,2415.2%
RepublicanJohn B. Kimble10,0885.1%
RepublicanDavid Jones8,0024.1%
RepublicanCorrogan R. Vaughn7,8694.0%
RepublicanWilliam Thomas Capps, Jr.6,7683.4%
RepublicanBrian Vaeth3,6021.8%

References[edit]

  1. ^ La vendetta di Dan, l’angelo custode di Barack Obama by Guido Moltedo 20 September 2013 STAMPA Europa Quotidano
  2. ^ a b "Ex-agent Bongino wins Republican Senate primary; will face Sen. Benjamin Cardin in November". April 4, 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  3. ^ West endorses Bongino's bid September 20, 2013 Political Notes by Bethany Rodgers Frederick News-Post Staff
  4. ^ Allen West Offers First Round of Endorsements for 2013 and 2014 Elections by Kevin Derby October 10, 2013 Sunshine State News
  5. ^ http://www.bongino.com/about.html
  6. ^ Citation Needed
  7. ^ http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/political/bongino-wins-republican-primary-for-maryland-senate-seat
  8. ^ http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/senate/maryland/
  9. ^ West endorses Bongino's bid September 20, 2013 Political Notes by Bethany Rodgers Frederick News-Post Staff
  10. ^ Allen West Offers First Round of Endorsements for 2013 and 2014 Elections by Kevin Derby October 10, 2013 Sunshine State News
  11. ^ http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/07/groundswell-rightwing-group-ginni-thomas
  12. ^ Ex secret service agent blasts obama 2013 Frontpage Mag
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ http://pagesix.com/2013/11/13/former-obama-secret-service-agent-blasts-toxic-administration/?_ga=1.207825744.316376623.1384345638
  15. ^ http://crofton.patch.com/articles/getting-to-know-dan-bongino
  16. ^ http://www.wmal.com/common/page.php?feed=91&pt=WATCH%3A+Dan+Bongino+Gets+His+Head+Shaved+On+Air!&id=55393&is_corp=0
  17. ^ "Unofficial 2012 Presidential General Election results for Representative in Congress". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved Nov 12, 2012. 
  18. ^ http://mdimap.us/elections/

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