State Representative
Cliff Bentz photo


Occupation: Attorney and Part-time Farmer

Occupational Background: Raised on Ranch; Lawyer for thirty years, small business owner.

Educational Background: Diploma, Regis High School; BS, Eastern Oregon State College; J.D., Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law (Portland).

Prior Governmental Experience: Appointed to Oregon House of Representatives January of 2008, Revenue and Transportation Committees; Director, Ontario 8C School Board 2005 - Present, Member, Oregon Water Resource Commission 1988 -- 1995.

Family: Married to Lindsay for 20 years; children - Allison (16) and Scott (14).

Community Service: Former Member, St. Peter School Board Member, Eastern Oregon University Foundation Board; Oregon Historical Society Board; Former Board Member, Project Dove (Domestic Violence Eliminated).

My priorities are:

Protect water rights

Improve opportunities for small business

Better educate our children

Stop expansion of government

Encourage and support federal efforts to secure our borders and to develop a farm worker program

Restructure land use planning

Restore access to and use of our Forests.

I am a third generation Eastern Oregonian. I have built fence, irrigated fields, stacked hay, fed cattle, and worked, as the lawyer, for dozens of ranches, farms, and small business owners across Eastern Oregon. As a life-long Republican, I know the value of hard work, small communities, and family. I understand the challenges faced by our Eastern Oregon towns, farmer, and ranchers.

As your State Representative, I will act to protect property rights, individual second amendment rights, access to federal grazing and timber lands, and survival of small businesses.

My candidacy is endorsed by:

Former US Congressman Robert (Bob) F. Smith
Former State Senator Eugene Timms
Oregon Right to Life PAC

I know how Eastern Oregon works. Together we can make it work better.

(This information furnished by Cliff Bentz for State Representative Committee.)