Occupation: State Representative; Retired teacher/coach.
Occupational Background: Counselor, MacLaren School for Boys; U.S. Army; Professional baseball player, L.A. Dodgers organization.
Educational Background: B.A. History, Magna cum laude, M.A. Education, Willamette University; Advanced Studies, Lewis and Clark College, Oregon State System of Higher Education, Division of Continuing Education.
Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative since 1999.
Personal: Lifelong Oregonian. Married 44 years, 2 children, 4 grandchildren.
Proven Constituent Service:
I am here to serve constituents. Im proud of my communication with and availability to citizens in Oregon. I spend literally hours each week returning emails, phone calls, and letters because I believe people deserve a response to their concerns. I maintain an open door policy and am willing to meet with those wishing to exchange ideas, offer suggestions, or just connect with their voice in the legislature.
In my three terms, my office has helped countless people cut through state bureaucracy and resolve problems. While we cant solve every constituent problem, we work diligently, treating each person with respect.
Proven Experience, Leadership:
The past two terms, I have been Chair of the House Education Committee, which examines educational policy at all levels. My 37 years of teaching have brought me recognition as a leader in the area of education. My colleagues have said I bring fairness, understanding, and insight to the discussions, and Im pleased Ive earned a reputation for being objective and level-headed.
I share your concerns for restoring Oregons economic vitality, providing a positive environment for business, and improving public education. I lent strong support to legislation that brings bridge repair and road improvements throughout Oregon (creating approximately 5,000 jobs over the next decade). I am a proven advocate for Oregons natural resources industry, specifically agriculture and timber. Additionally, I strongly support the effort to make government more cost-effective and efficient.
I welcome your comments. It has been my honor serving as your State Representative.
- Vic Backlund
(This information furnished by Vic Backlund for State Representative