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Few in Congress have accomplished more than David Bonior on behalf of average Americans. Whip is the story of how he did it. He was honored at a book launch hosted by Entrustpermal, Jill Daschle, Bruce Kieloch, Shanti Stanton, Kimball Stroud, Erica Payne and Brian Wolff in downtown Washington, DC for his latest tomb with the subtitle of Leading the Progressive Battle During the Rise of the Right

“David Bonior was my mentor when I came to Congress.”

— Senator Bernie Sanders

Nothing captures the essence of Bonior’s personal and political life better than our interview with him for his previous book Eastside Kid. The below was originally posted in March of 2015:

“The Democratic whip for eleven of his twenty-six years in Congress, David Bonior never hesitated to take on the powerful on behalf of the powerless. How did this boy from Detroit grow up to become one of the most effective progressive legislators Congress has ever seen?” Congressman John Lewis.

“I grew up quicker than I think most kids maybe do in this country. Certainly this is not an unusual story around the world that regretfully a lot of kids lose a parent or two early on. It made me focus and it made me serious and made me realize that life is short and try to get the best out of the time you have and do as much good as you can,” David Bonior told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book signing in his honor hosted by Jill Daschle and Kimball Stroud. His mother died from heart problems at 37. “But I had a good childhood, although it was challenging.”