State Representative

chip shields photo

Chip Shields

Occupation: Founding Director and social worker, Better People--nonprofit job-placement service in N/NE Portland.

Occupational Background: Better People, 1998-present; Employment Specialist, Youth Employment Institute, 1996-1997.

Educational Background: Masters in Social Work, Portland State

Prior Governmental Experience: None

Community Involvement: Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good; Mayor’s Gang Task Force; Oregon Criminal Justice Reform Coalition; Stand for Children, member; Human Rights Campaign, partner member; King School PTA.

Personal: Spouse, Shelda Holmes, RN

Chip Shields… Fighting for Fairness Everyday in N/NE Portland
For over seven years, Chip has been fighting for the people of N/NE Portland. From leadership roles in raising the minimum wage and funding our schools… to finding living-wage jobs for hundreds of people, Chip Shields has delivered results.

That’s why Chip Shields is endorsed by: Governor Barbara Roberts, Gretchen Kafoury, Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner, John Canda, Henry & Kathy Greenidge, Multnomah County Commissioner Serena Cruz, Bobby Lee, Sam Adams, George Eighmey, Geri Washington, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, JoAnn Bowman, Tonya Parker, Arwen Bird, AFSCME Council 75 and the Portland Association of Teachers-Teachers Voice in Politics.

Chip Shields…. Delivering Results for N/NE Portland

  • Helped hundreds find living-wage jobs
  • Helped keep class sizes small by leadership in Measure 26-48
  • Expanding affordable housing with Irvington Covenant CDC
  • Increased wages through leadership in Minimum Wage Campaign
  • AFL-CIO Hero of Labor Award, 2003
  • The Skanner Newspaper Drum Major for Justice Award, 2004

That’s why Chip Shields is endorsed by: Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Edwina Wasson, Terry Bean, Harold Williams, Clariner Boston, Lou Boston, Commissioner Erik Sten, Carl Talton, Jamie Partridge, State Representative Diane Rosenbaum, Roy Jay, Rex Burkholder Metro Councilor, County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey, and American Federation of Teachers - Oregon.

“Chip’s experience in helping people find living-wage jobs, his support for schools, and his expertise in social work and public safety make him the ideal voice for us.”

Gretchen Kafoury

Chip Shields… Experience Matters for District 43

(This information furnished by Friends of Chip Shields.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722