“My commitment is to create an environment where families thrive, students soar, our economy leads the nation, and our health care is both life saving and cost effective.”
20-year Business Career
She began her 20-year business career working in the family business of Jackson Graves, a chain of women’s clothing stores, before moving on to Tonka Toys as Manager of Promotional Services. She later served as Director of Merchandising for the Computer Products Division of the publicly held and New Hope, MN based Navarre Corporation. Bonoff was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of that division at a time when they were experiencing significant financial difficulty. Bonoff successfully led the division through a financial restructuring without losing either customers or suppliers.
Mother, Public Servant
Bonoff fulfilled her commitment to stay through that turnaround and then shortly after she retired to be at home with four teenagers (TIME Magazine Article featuring Bonoff, “Parental Leaves”). Bonoff threw herself into community volunteering taking on roles such as President of Babe Ruth Baseball, Art Adventure Guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and board member for the Hopkins Education Foundation.
Minnesota State Senator
After serving on the Minnetonka Planning Commission and co-chairing the Hopkins School District Legislative Action Coalition, Senator Bonoff made her first run for political office in 2005. In 2006 and 2010, she was again successful in a bid for re-election.
Uniting the Middle, Reforming the Business of Government
Senator Bonoff has garnered the support of a vast and diverse group of individuals, businesses, and organizations.
“I am particularly pleased with the diversity of the support I have received. I believe the variety of these endorsements speak to the oath I have sworn by since I first ran for office in 2005: “Uniting the Middle.” It is my intention to leverage this diverse range of partnerships and return to the legislature to reform the business of government more effectively than ever before (because, yes, we need it now more than ever before). – Senator Terri Bonoff”