Born: Chicago, August 16, 1939; Morgan Park High School 1953-57; Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota 1957-59, Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington 1959-61, BA Economics; US Navy 1961-66, Pensacola, Naval Aviator, Security Group Boston; Suffolk University, Boston, MA Education, 1966-68; Northeast/Delta Airlines, pilot, 1966-91; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MTS 1971-75; Candidate US Congress MA6, 1976-80; Candidate US Congress GA7 1984; Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Doctor of Ministry 2006-08.
Author: Joy of Flying, How to Get to Heaven; available on Amazon.
Speaker on Health, Happiness, and Hope. (Book in progress)
Advocate for Non-Profit Organizations (NPO): Doctoral Thesis: A Plan for Individual Engagement in the Millennial Development Goals (MDGs).
Other Activities: Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress – Massachusetts 6th District: 1976 (43%), 1978, (46.5%) 1980 (49% primary)
Co-Chairman Ambassador Bush’s Massachusetts Presidential Primary Advisory Committee 1980; Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress –Georgia 7th District: 1984 (45%).
Chairman Education Voucher Study Committee – Boston Finance Committee 1981
Chaplain Assistant Kennesaw Regional Hospital, GA 1982-83.
Chairman GA 7th Congressional District Republican Party – 1985.
President of Portsmouth, NH Taxpayers Association 1989-90.
Hospice Volunteer Training, Portsmouth, NH 1990
Prison Ministry, Dover, NH 1990-91.
Founding Headmaster of Portsmouth Christian Academy, Portsmouth, NH 1991-1992
Assistant to Headmaster Kennebunk Christian Academy, Kennebunk, Maine 1996-1997.
Married to Christine Bronson, classical soprano, Life Coach specializing in Radical Forgiveness.
5 adult children.
Church Affiliation: Episcopal
Recreations: Ice hockey, fencing (New England Masters Epee Champion 1991) skiing, tennis, golf.
Student of current affairs, the economy, politics, foreign affairs, environment.
I grew up in Chicago in a typical middle class politically conservative and religious environment. My father started a small business that became quite successful. Graduating from Carnegie Tech in 1929, he lived the American dream. He could send my brother and me to college where we excelled. My brother took over the family business and I went into the Navy and later became an airline pilot. I was an Eagle Scout, active in my church, and believed that the American dream was working. My father had strong opinions against FDR, unions, and other non-Republican ideas.
Studying was very important to me and I entertained thoughts of going into teaching or the ministry, which explains my academic record, despite holding a very well paid job as a pilot. While studying for my Master’s Degree in Theological Studies, a classmate, Michael Ford asked me to volunteer to help his father run in the Presidential primary in 1976 against Ronald Reagan. This was my first involvement in politics. I attended a meeting of our local Republican party and became interested in the Congressional race and decided to enter, winning the primary and the privilege of running against incumbent Michael Harrington, Massachusetts 6th District. No one had mounted a serious challenge to his incumbency until I took 43% of the vote. Harrington decided to retire and the open seat attracted a lot of attention. I ended up facing Nick Mavroules in 1978 after they had a vigorous Democratic primary. Nick was the Mayor of Peabody, one of 5 large cities in my district north of Boston. I won 23 of the 29 cities and towns in my district but because of the heavy Democratic population in the cities received only 46.5% of the vote. In 1980, I lost a narrow primary by 200 votes out of over 20,000 cast. Being prolife and trained in a conservative evangelical seminary made my candidacies of great interest to the religious right which was beginning to gain steam. The Bush/Reagan Presidential primary in 1980 however found me in the Bush camp as a sort of token conservative serving on H W’s Massachusetts Campaign Advisory Committee.
My airline job required that I fly out of Atlanta and I found myself living in GA 7 served by incumbent Democrat Larry McDonald who died on the Korean Airliner that was shot down by the Russians in 1983. His widow, who I campaigned for, lost the special election to fill his seat and I challenged the winner, Buddy Darden, in 1984 winning 45% of the vote. The evangelical community strongly backed my candidacy being myself a born again Christian, prolife, and running on the Reagan motto that “government is the problem not the solution.”
Flash forward 28 years, and Will Bronson is living in Florida, retired after 25 years from an airline that declared bankruptcy to escape its pension obligations, looking for work in a down economy, and caught like so many others in the housing bubble with underwater properties. Going back to school, The Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to earn a Doctor of Ministry in hopes of improving my employment prospects, I began to think long and hard about why America seemed to be losing its way and the American dream seemed like a mirage to so many.
The following are my conclusions and why I have become a Democrat:
Though I draw my conclusions from many sources, I encourage anyone questioning these ideas to read The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, subtitled The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, a seven hundred page book where many of these ideas are brought together and exhaustively substantiated by seventy pages of footnote references. For a shorter version of same see John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hitman.
For more information call Will Bronson at 239 940 6080 or write at firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 1507, Lehigh Acres, FL