Occupation: Owner, heavy highway and specialty contracting company; Owner, equipment rentals and sales business
Occupational Background: Accounting; Computer Technician; Software Development; Construction Projects Manager; Equipment Operator; Construction Laborer; Homemaker; Social Services Volunteer
Educational Background: Oregon City High, Portland State University
Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative 2005-present; Oregon Transparency Commission; Oregon Commission for Women; Various legislative committees including Elections, Ethics, and Rules; Government Accountability and Information Technology; Sustainability and Economic Development; Business and Labor; Education; Transportation; Judiciary
Community Activities: Founder, Oregon Contractors Association; Keizer and Chehalem Valley Chambers of Commerce; SMART Reading Program; Salem Chapter, National Association of Women in Construction; Church volunteer
Personal: Keizer Resident; Married 25 years, four children, instrument-rated pilot
Jobs are Job One for Kim Thatcher:
As the owner of two small businesses, Kim understands that unpredictable regulation and tax policies get in the way of creating jobs. She pushes for common sense ways to reduce the costs of doing business to encourage job creation.
Responsible Government Reforms:
Oregon has a new budget transparency website thanks to Kim's efforts in the legislature. She is the Chair of the Taxpayer Caucus, and is working to establish Core Functions of Government so the legislature will focus spending on what's most important to Oregonians rather than on ineffective or lower priority programs.
Education Accountability and School Choice:
Kim is a member of the House Education Committee and demanded an audit on the Willamette Education Service District to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent appropriately. She is also a leading advocate for virtual charter schools and other education options.
Law and Order:
The only State Representative with 100% on the Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance scorecard, Kim opposes the legislature's early release program for inmates. She also supports gun owners 2nd Amendment Rights.
Oregon Right to Life PAC;
Kevin Starrett, Director, Oregon Firearms Federation Political Action Committee;
Oregonians for Food and Shelter Paulette Pyle, Director of Grass Roots
(This information furnished by Friends of Kim Thatcher.)