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Former Secret Service Agent, Security Consultant, Radio Host, 2012 Republican Nominee for US Senate & 2014 Republican Nominee for US Congress (MD). Author of NYT Best Seller-Life Inside the Bubble available here: http://amzn.to/1osAv9L
Dan and Paula have been married for over ten years and are the proud parents of two daughters, Isabel and Amelia. They are active members of their church community.
Dan attended the City University of New York where he completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology. Dan completed his second graduate degree, a Master of Business Administration, at Penn State University.
Dan joined the ranks of the U.S. Secret Service in 1999 as a special agent where he graduated the Secret Service training academy with academic honors. Beginning his career in the New York Field Office, he was assigned to investigate computer crimes, bank fraud, credit card fraud and counterfeiting. His early career was marked by a number of investigative successes. Although the details of his signature investigation are still for official use only, it involved over 300 million dollars in potential financial fraud and a nexus to international terrorism. This joint investigation in cooperation with the FBI, IRS, SSA and a number of local police agencies, was responsible for shutting down a major international fraud ring. The investigation earned Dan the Department of Justice recognition award, along with other agency specific awards, for excellence in investigations.
Dan left the New York Field Office in 2002 to become an instructor at the Secret Service training academy in Beltsville, Maryland.
In 2006, Dan entered into duty on the elite Presidential Protection Division in the administration of President George W. Bush, graduating at the top of his class in the difficult detail training program. Dan distinguished himself early by becoming one of the earliest tenured Special Agents to be given responsibility for an operational section of the protective detail. Dan remained on protective duty during the change in administration to President Barack Obama and again distinguished himself by quickly becoming the highest ranking member of his operational shift of agents. With this distinction came greater responsibility and Dan quickly rose to the challenge. He was designated as the lead agent responsible for the coordination of the President's trip to Prague for the signing of the START treaty, his visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, amongst a myriad of terror threats, and finally as the lead agent responsible for the President's visit to an active war zone in Afghanistan. With the successful coordination of these historic events, Dan was awarded a series of commendations and left the protective detail as one of the most distinguished agents in their history.
Dan transferred to the Baltimore Field Office in 2010 where he immediately made an impact on the community, breaking up one of the largest fraud rings in Maryland's history. (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-03-24/news/bs-md-hermann-car-loan-scheme- 20110324_1_feds-bust-rental-car-rental-agencies/3).
Small Business Entrepreneur:
Dan and his wife Paula own Bongino Consulting L.L.C., a small business specializing in corporate strategy and risk management.
2012 Republican Nominee for U.S. Senate (MD):
Despite being outspent 7 to 1 by his two opponents, an establishment Democrat and wealthy Independent, Dan managed to finish second in a three-way race. Dan has appeared in the media on a number of television, radio and print outlets including the NBC Nightly News, the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel, the CBS Early Show, the Thom Hartmann Show, GBTV, Breitbart TV, the Sean Hannity show, the Dennis Miller Show, the Glenn Beck Show, America's Morning News, the Mark Levin Show, the Lars Larson Show, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, Baltimore Sun, NewsMax, National Review, the Capital, Maryland Gazette, Muscle & Fitness, Huffington Post, World Net Daily, Red Alert Politics and others.