Occupation: Grain Farmer/ Oregon State Senator
Occupational Background: Grain Farmer, 1963 to present; Oregon State Senator, 1997 to present; Prosecuting Attorney, 1971 to 1975; Attorney At Law, 1967 to 1981.
Educational Background: University of Montana Law 1964 to 1967; University of Oregon, Political Science 1960 to 1964; University of California Berkeley 1959 to 1960; Pendleton, Oregon, 1959 Graduate.
Prior Governmental Experience: Oregon State Senate, 1997 to present; Pondera County, Montana, DA 1971 to 1975.
Community Activities: Pendleton Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Oregon Wheat League, American Bar Association, Arts Council of Pendleton, College Community Theatre, Babe Ruth Association, Pendleton Swim Association, Education Foundation of Pendleton, Oregon East Symphony Board, Church of the Redeemer Episcopal.
As your state Senator, I represent Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa Counties with 28 cities, 23 school districts plus Blue Mountain Community College and Eastern Oregon University. My district is large and benefits from diverse communities.
My legislative experience has included chairing Senate Business Committees, Technology Committees; sitting on Senate Environment, Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources Committees and Joint Ways and Means Committee. As well, I've had benefit of opportunity to serve on varies task forces and boards including the Oregon Area Health Education Center Statewide Advisory Board, Oregon Dairy Air Task Force, Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network Working Group, and Senate Commission on Educational Excellence.
During these experiences, my focus is to see that your voices are heard in Salem; see that children and families have good educational and healthcare opportunities; to make sure communities are safe; and finally, to continue discussions for utilization, conservation and storage of Columbia River water in a wise, multi-use approach. My goal is to find practical solutions to problems facing our great state and particularly those problems affecting rural communities.
Thank you for the privilege to serve you.
(This information furnished by David Nelson.)