State Senator
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Occupation: Agribusiness; Health Care Delivery Systems

Occupational Background: Small businessman in agricultural enterprises

Educational Background: Whitman College, BA (Education & History)

Prior Governmental Experience: State Senator; State Representative; Audit & Human Services Budget Committee; Joint Ways & Means Committee; Legislative Audit Committee; Emergency Board; Governor’s Public Safety Policy & Planning Council; Governor’s Commission on Senior Services; National Conference of State Legislatures, Executive and Fiscal Affairs Committees

Community Service: OSU Branch Campus Advisory Board; High Desert Museum Supporter; St. Francis School Board; Odyssey of the Mind Coach; 4-H/FFA Supporter; St. Charles Vision 2000 Campaign


During Ben’s distinguished service in the legislature, he has become one of the top budget experts. Having served on audit committees and the Ways & Means committee, Senator Westlund knows what a task it is to responsibly balance our budget

He has made sure that important services and programs are funded; programs like the OSU-Cascades Campus, services that help our seniors and veterans, and the Oregon Youth Challenge Program. In addition, Ben successfully led the effort to achieve equity for local schools in Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver and Terrebonne.


Throughout his life, Ben has met many challenges. His leadership, commitment and dedication to everything he does has allowed him to rise above these challenges.

Ben’s colleagues see him as a leader in the legislature. Not only has he been the chair of critical committees, he led the charge to audit and reform the Oregon Health Plan, saving $100 millionfor Oregon taxpayers.


Ben knows that we must have healthy schools, stabilize revenue and get people back to work by creating new jobs.

Ben also knows that we need to protect the well-being of our farmers and agricultural community, but also care for our environment. We have to support this industry as well as protect the rights of all property owners.


(This information furnished by Committee to Elect Ben Westlund.)
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