Life After Washington for Mary Bono Mack
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CREATED Jan. 10, 2013
PALM SPRINGS--After a decade and a half of public service, Mary Bono Mack is once again a private citizen.
We sat down with the former Congresswoman at her home in Palm Springs for a candid look at life after Washington and the legacy she hopes to leave here in the valley.
It's only been a week since Mary Bono Mack spent her last day in Congress. Now, she's taking a bit of a break. Figuring out the next chapter in her life.
"Right now I have this luxury to be patient and take my time and choose the way forward, and you know a couple of thoughts, I'm a thrill seeker, I love to try something new and different," Former Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack said.
Bono Mack is keeping her options open but says she's done running for office and wants to try something new. Whether it's political advising in Washington or possible media deals, no, you won't see her on dancing with the stars, like step son Chaz Bono, but his performance does play a part in her road to personal discovery.
"It inspired me to think that, you know, stretching your own comfort. If you're feeling too comfortable it's probably a good time to get up and start moving," Bono Mack said.
When discussing her 14 years in the House of Representatives Bono Mack says she's most proud of legislation that established the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. She's also proud of a bill she helped pass preventing the UN from taking control of the internet.
"My bill passed without a single no vote," Bono Mack said. "Not because it was an easy bill, but because we did it right."
For all her accomplishments Bono Mack couldn't pull ahead of now Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz. The loss this November was tough but not unexpected.
"I think in a campaign you sense things coming. It wasn't that shocking or surprising. I had a speech prepared, a concession speech that night that we were prepared to deliver, but we couldn't get the final numbers and that to me is very sad that there wasn't sort of closure on the night of the election," Bono Mack said.
Bono Mack recounted her first days as a Congresswoman, being afraid of public speaking in the beginning, and learning the ropes in Washington.
"I never would have thought of running for office in my youth, but it is something that I did and I'm just very grateful for it and I just thank everybody," Bono Mack said.
Her advice for her successor, work as team with the other 434 Congressmen and women regardless of party affiliation.
"He is a very brilliant guy and I'm sure he will execute what he believes in and I have no doubt in his capabilities to do it. If ever he needs my advice I'm happy to give it on any issues," Bono Mack said.
Wherever her career and life takes her, Bono Mack says she hopes to always keep a place in the desert. Perhaps a new home away from home as she sets out to conquer the east coast.