John Bonacic

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John J. Bonacic
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 42nd district
In office
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2018
Preceded byNeil Breslin
Succeeded byJen Metzger
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 40th district
In office
January 1, 1999 – December 31, 2002
Preceded byCharles D. Cook
Succeeded byVincent Leibell
Member of the New York State Assembly from the 95th district
In office
January 1, 1993 – December 31, 1998
Preceded byNancy Calhoun
Succeeded byHoward Mills III
Member of the New York State Assembly from the 94th district
In office
February 20, 1990 – December 31, 1992
Preceded byMary M. McPhillips
Succeeded byNancy Calhoun
Personal details
Born (1942-06-14) June 14, 1942 (age 78)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)Pat Bonacic
ResidenceMount Hope, New York
Alma materIona College (B.A.)
Fordham University (J.D.)
WebsiteOfficial website

John J. Bonacic (born June 14, 1942 in New York City) is a retired politician from New York. A Republican, Bonacic represented New York State Senate District 42 (which includes all or parts of Delaware, Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster Counties) from November 1998 to 2018. Prior to his Senate service, Bonacic served in the New York State Assembly.

Personal life and education[edit]

Bonacic's grandparents were immigrants from Croatia.[1][2] He received his Bachelor of Arts from Iona College in 1964, majoring in Economics. He received his JD at Fordham University School of Law in 1968.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

On February 20, 1990, Bonacic was elected to the New York State Assembly, to fill the vacancy caused by the election of Mary M. McPhillips as Orange County Executive.[3] Bonacic was re-elected four times and remained in the Assembly until 1998, sitting in the 188th, 189th, 190th, 191st and 192nd New York State Legislatures. In November 1998, he was elected to the New York State Senate.[citation needed]

Bonacic, a Republican, was the Chair of the Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee.[4] He sponsored a bill that would legalize online poker.[5] He supported the opening of a casino in Sullivan County, New York.[6]

While Bonacic cast a procedural vote against a 2013 bill that would have expanded abortion rights,[7] he expressed support for the Reproductive Health Act in 2016. At a January 25, 2016 gathering of abortion advocates in Albany, the Senator commented, "'Both my daughter and my bride of 50 years believe in pro-choice and we should never deprive women of access of health care that they choose and their medical providers say is best for them.'"[8] In 2015, Bonacic introduced a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide.[9]

On May 6, 2018, Bonacic announced that he would not seek re-election in November 2018.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Statement by Senator John Bonacic". Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Archived 2012-10-30 at the Wayback Machine Ratko Martinović: Loš PR u dijaspori - Koje su svjetski poznate osobe podrijetlom Hrvati, a da to niste ni znali, 28. listopada 2012. (Croatian)
  3. ^ 3 Assembly Victors Favor Death Penalty in the New York Times on February 21, 1990
  4. ^ "3 NY Senate Republicans drop re-election bids in 3 days". The Poughkeepsie Journal.
  5. ^ "NY casinos make pitch for online poker".
  6. ^
  7. ^ Weaver, Teri (22 June 2013). "Abortion stalemate: NY women's rights bills die, for now, in Albany".
  8. ^ Blain, Glenn. "John Bonacic becomes first New York GOP senator to support improving state's abortion rights law".
  9. ^ Weaver, Teri (5 June 2015). "Report: GOP NY senator introduces physician-assisted suicide bill".
  10. ^ Reynolds, Hugh. "A farewell to John Bonacic". Hudson Valley One. Ulster Publishing. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
New York State Assembly
Preceded by
Mary M. McPhillips
New York State Assembly
94th District

Succeeded by
Nancy Calhoun
Preceded by
Nancy Calhoun
New York State Assembly
95th District

Succeeded by
Howard Mills III
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Charles D. Cook
New York State Senate
40th District

Succeeded by
Vincent Leibell
Preceded by
Neil Breslin
New York State Senate
42nd District

Succeeded by
Jen Metzger