Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) has tossed her hat in the ring as a potential successor to Hilary Rosen as chairman/CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) has tossed her hat in the ring as a potential successor to Hilary Rosen as chairman/CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Billboard Bulletin reports. According to her chief of staff, it "would be a dream job" for Bono, the 41-year-old widow of performer, songwriter, and Congressman Sonny Bono.

"She hasn't pro-actively gone after the job," says the spokesperson, "and RIAA has not yet approached her directly, although friends and colleagues have asked her about it. If [the] RIAA were to do so, it would be very hard for her to turn it down."

Bono fulfilled her husband's last term as representative of California's 44th Congressional District after his fatal skiing accident in January 1998. She has since been elected to three more terms. She has served on the Judiciary Committee, which oversees copyright issues, and is seen as a lawmaker who understands the agendas of both record companies and artists.

The RIAA would not comment on the search or the possibility of Bono taking over, beyond Rosen saying, "I love Mary Bono; she's great."