Bonamici, an Italian-American and a former consumer protection attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, said in remarks to her new colleagues that she wants to help restore the American dream.
"There are too many families still struggling to make ends meet, and they want to know that their voices are heard in our deliberations," she said.
"Our economy and the nation's confidence are both in need of rebuilding. As we work together, let us remember that the unparalleled prosperity and creativity of this great nation over the last century can be traced to this promise: that if you work hard and play by the rules you can succeed in America.
"That's the America that my grandparents crossed the ocean for, that's the America too many believe is slipping away, and that's the America I want to work to rebuild."
Bonamici was briefly interrupted at the start of her remarks by BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return MORE, who gently reminded her that the presiding officer must recognize members before they speak. "The gentlewoman from Oregon is recognized," Boehner said to laughs in the chamber, an informal jest that the Speaker has played on other new members as they arrive.