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U.S. Rep. Don Bonker ’62 chronicles moments with powerful people that enhanced his political career in a new memoir

Former U.S. Rep. and Clark College Outstanding alumnus Don Bonker talks about serendipitous episodes he’s had with some of the nation’s most powerful people when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 70s and 80s. He chronicles his fascinating career in a new memoir, “A Higher Calling.” The book doesn’t just catalog his career as a politician; instead, Bonker ’62 weaves in stories about some of the most powerful people at that time—from  former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush to former House Speaker Tom Foley and U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos. These interactions changed the course of the causes he fought for during his political career.

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