Republican politician who began representing California in the US House of Representatives in 1998 after the death of her husband Sonny Bono from a skiing accident.
She lived in Palm Springs, where she and her husband co-owned a restaurant and he served as the city's mayor.
She supported the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which kept the singer's works out of the public domain.
She was married to actor and singer Sonny Bono.
She was one of the Republican voters in favor of overturning Don't Ask Don't Tell, which gave President Barack Obama impetus to end the policy.