Occupation: Communication Technician, In-charge when necessary, CenturyTel, Scappoose
Occupational Background: 34-year career in telecommunications in planning, installation, and maintenance in Scappoose, Knappa, Svensen and Jewell. Two years in U.S. Army.
Educational Background: Portland State University, B.A. Business, 1994
Prior Governmental Experience: Serving 3rd elected term as a member of the Scappoose School Board, Scappoose Board Chair for 2 years; Member of Northwest Regional Educational Service District budget committee for 9 years, Chair for 3 years.
Community Activities: Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America; Sports Hall of Fame Award - Volunteer, Scappoose; American Field Service high school exchange program, 8 time host parent, counselor, workshop facilitator; Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, volunteer; Oregon Historical Society, volunteer; current Scappoose High School football timekeeper.
Family: Married 38 years to Charlotte, an Adult Nurse Practitioner in St. Helens. They have two grown children and four grandchildren
Mike Kocher is a fourth-generation Oregonian and small woodland owner who will work fulltime as your representative. He believes in representing the residents of House District 31, many of whom he has met in their communities through work and volunteer activities.
Education Comes First
The largest piece of the State's budget is education. Mike believes school funding should be the highest priority of the Legislature and should be addressed first each session. Mike's background in education gives him the insight to speak against un-funded mandates from the state, which place a burden on already struggling school districts.
Mike's 'advisor', his wife Charlotte, is a primary care nurse, who knows the health care system in depth and will provide the insight needed to help protect the residents of the district.
Mike's Mom told him to spend the money the state brings in from its citizens as carefully as those citizens spend what they have left. That is good advice.
House District 31 has substantial natural resources. Mike Kocher understands these resources need to be managed with care and understanding.
(This information furnished by Kocher For State Rep.)