Occupation: Farm Business Owner Ross Vineyards
Occupational Background: Raised in Umatilla County and farmed. Natural resource manager with the U.S. Forest Service. Resource Budget Analyst, Forest Service Headquarters, Washington D.C.; Deputy Forest Supervisor Superior National Forest, Minnesota; Director of Ecology, Range and Watershed, Pacific Northwest Region, Portland; Executive Director of the Oregon Rural Development Council, Salem, 1990-1992.
Educational Background: MS Colorado State University; BS Washington State University; Oregon State University; Weston High School.
Prior Governmental Experience: Gresham Parks and Recreation Committee, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
Current Community Service:
Boy Scouts of America Forest Management Committee Board of Directors, Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Board of Directors, Raindrops to Refuge Rotary Club of Sherwood, Oregon
Sherwood and Wilsonville Chambers of Commerce
Rick Ross for an Effective Legislature through Leadership and Experience
I seek this position, because our legislature needs to start doing what is right for Oregonians. With this very altruistic view I submit: My track record in my professional and personal life is a successful one of being able to work with people of very diverse interests. In any setting I emerge as a leader and a person who gets things done. In the Senate I would work to subdue the prevailing divide of party politics while facing the realities of the difficult issues facing Oregon. I believe I can better serve the people of Senate District 13 and Oregon. My successes in forming a family, in government service, and in establishing a small farm business will make me a valuable addition to the Oregon Senate.
Family: Husband to Bonnie for 45 years. A very close father to my four married daughters and their families. Grandfather to 10 grandchildren.
(This information furnished by Friends of Rick Ross.)