Dem rep. suffered concussion after she and husband were hit by a car in Portland

Oregon Democratic congresswoman is recovering from a concussion after she and husband were hit by a car while walking across the street in a crosswalk in crime-ridden Portland

  • Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and her district judge husband were struck by a car 
  • They were walking across a crosswalk following an event in Oregon on Friday 
  • Progressive lawmaker was treated for a concussion and head laceration
  • U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon had ‘minor injuries’

Oregon Representative Suzanne Bonamici and her husband were struck by a car while they traversed a crosswalk following an event in Portland on Friday.

The Democratic congresswoman is at home recovering from a concussion and was treated for a laceration to her head, according to a series of tweets posted Saturday by Bonamici’s communications director Natalie Crofts.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon, Bonamici’s husband, was also treated for ‘minor injuries.’

No arrests were made. The driver hit the couple at a slow speed near downtown and has cooperated with police.

Portland is notoriously a progressive enclave that has facilitated a city rampant with homelessness and crime over the last few years. In the midst of the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots, citizens of the city famously took Seattle’s lead and created an ‘autonomous zone’.

Oregon Democratic Representative Suzanne Bonamici (right) and her husband U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon (left) were struck by a car while walking across a crosswalk following an event in Oregon on Friday

Oregon Democratic Representative Suzanne Bonamici (right) and her husband U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon (left) were struck by a car while walking across a crosswalk following an event in Oregon on Friday

Portland has become increasingly unsafe and riddled with crime and homelessness in the last few years

Portland has become increasingly unsafe and riddled with crime and homelessness in the last few years

Bonamici has represented Oregon’s deeply safe Democratic 1st congressional district since 2012. She earned a sixth term in the November midterms, winning by 36 points. President Joe Biden carried the county that includes Portland by a whopping 61.3 percentage points in the 2020 presidential election.

‘Rep Bonamici and her husband were struck by a car Friday evening while were they walking across a street in a crosswalk,’ Crofts detailed in her three-tweet thread on Saturday.

‘The incident occurred as they were leaving an event in Portland,’ she continued. ‘She was treated for a concussion and laceration to her head. He was treated for minor injuries. She has been released from the hospital to recover at home.’

‘The Congresswoman is expected to make a full recovery, but will be unable to attend the town hall meetings in Clatsop and Tillamook Counties today and other public events while she heals.’

Bonamici is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and serves on the Education and Workforce Committee. She also chaired the panel’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services in the 117th Congress.

Her Friday event, just before she was hit by a car, included speaking with students and staff at higher education facilities to address food insecurity and barriers that prevent students from accessing healthy foods.

The progressive lawmaker is expected to make a full recovery after being treated for a concussion and head laceration, according to Bonamici's communications director

The progressive lawmaker is expected to make a full recovery after being treated for a concussion and head laceration, according to Bonamici’s communications director

‘It is clear that our existing food assistance programs are not reaching every student who struggles with hunger,’ Bonamici tweeted on Friday. ‘My Opportunity to Address College Hunger Act would help eliminate one common barrier, but we must also do more to close the gaps in our federal nutrition programs.’

Portland has become increasingly unsafe in recent years.

An October poll from The Oregonian/OregonLive/DHM Research revealed that just one-third of residents say they feel safe in downtown Portland during the day. That figure dropped to just one in seven at night.

Bonamici was first elected to the House after winning a special election in 2012 to succeed Democrat David Wu, who resigned following allegations he made sexual advances.

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