United States Senator

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Ron Wyden

Occupation: U.S. Senator

Occupational Background: Former Director, Oregon Legal Services for the Elderly; Co-founder, Oregon Gray Panthers; University Instructor

Educational Background: J.D., University of Oregon School of Law; A.B., Stanford University

Prior Governmental Experience: Congressman, 1981-1996; Oregon Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators, 1977-79


When I first ran for the U.S. Senate, I promised to stand up and fight for all the people of Oregon. I’ve worked hard to keep that promise. After listening to your ideas in open town meetings in every Oregon county, every year, here is some of what we achieved:

* We uncovered rampant government waste and wrote the laws to cut it, carving $1.8 billion of waste from the Iraq reconstruction plan, and putting a stop to sweetheart, singlesource, federal contracts that squandered countless taxpayer dollars.

* We brought 1,300 Oregonians together at the “Oregon Economic Summit” to chart a bipartisan course for a sounder economic future. Transportation is vital to that future, and on my watch, Oregon will receive $474 million in federal transportation funding for next year alone. I also wrote the “county payments” legislation that is bringing Oregon over $1 billion for schools and roads, and secured critical funding to establish Oregon as a jobs leader in the field of nanotechnology.

* We didn’t back down when powerful interests threatened our state. I stopped federal efforts to overturn Oregon’s physicianassisted suicide law. I exposed the oil companies that manipulated gas prices to their highest levels ever. As the former co-director of the Gray Panthers, I am a leader in the effort to stop the privatization of Social Security.

We have accomplished much, but there is so much more to do. Representing Oregon in the U.S. Senate has been the greatest privilege of my life. I’m proud that you’ve asked me to stand up for you, and now I’m asking you to stand with me in this election.

(This information furnished by Wyden For Senate.)

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