State Representative
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Bernt (Al)


Occupation: Attorney

Occupational Background: Trial Attorney, 36 years in State and Federal Courts - civil and criminal law, worker's compensation, personal injury, wills and probate. Former Deputy District Attorney, Yamhill County,.

Educational Background: University of Oregon Law School- (JD); Portland State University (BA)

Prior Governmental Experience: McMinnville City Council, (President 1992), McMinnville Planning Commission (Chairman 1981-84), Yamhill County Solid Waste Advisory Committee Prior Volunteer Service: McMinnville Rotary Club (President 1995-1996), Yamhill Community Action Partnership Board (2006 to present), Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (2007 to present). Treasurer Juvenile Crime Committee and Jail Expansion Committee.

Military Service: U.S. Army, 3 years.

Personal: Wife Carole, Public Health Nurse, three grown children through McMinnville School system.

Issues: Oregonians are following the rest of the United States in to recession. It is even more important to draw together knowing we still can meet the challenges that lie ahead in a shrinking economy. We know that the State has not met the challenges of rising health care costs, increased crime rates led by out-ofcontrol drug use, an educational system overwhelmed by students with ever-greater needs, a road system that causes our vehicles to depreciate too quickly and an environment continuously challenged by a few who would exploit it for shortterm profit.
We must encourage businesses to stay and we must bring others in to our beautiful state.
New industry will bring new jobs. Higher employment will create the revenue we need to improve upon an educational system that serves everyone. We will have the resources to support more rural counties with a more agricultural base. New jobs will mean we can finally get back to the road maintenance schedule we had to leave years ago.
Oregon's experiment with a health plan can continue to grow. We must abandon the current 'lottery' system. We cannot afford to let our health care dollar be squandered by high insurance costs.

I ask for your support.

(This information furnished by Bernt Al Hansen.)