Occupation: President, KT Contracting Company; Owner, Highway Specialties
Occupational Background: Accounting; Computer Technician; Software Developer; Construction Projects Manager; Equipment Operator
Educational Background: Oregon City H.S.; PSU
Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative 2005 to present; Oregon Commission for Women; House Committee appointments have included: Elections, Ethics, and Rules; Government Accountability and Information Technology; Interim Economic Development; Interim Real Estate; 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; National Federation of Independent Business; Mentor, Barbara Roberts High School; Church volunteer.
Personal: Keizer Resident; Married 23 years; four children; Instrument-Rated pilot
Leadership You Can Count On
Taking care of the concerns of her constituents is Kim's number one priority. She believes State Representatives work for the people who elect them. Kim goes to bat for the residents of her district whether it's a minor problem with a particular agency, or sponsoring legislation to improve our state as a whole.
Leadership On The Issues
Immigration. Kim has been out in front for the past several years on sensible reforms to reduce incentives for illegal immigration. Her efforts helped enact the recent law to require proof of legal presence to get a drivers' license in Oregon and there are many other changes on her list.
Economic Development. As a small business owner, Kim understands what it takes to create jobs and cope with bureaucratic red tape. She's sponsored a new law which received national recognition.
Public Safety. Changes proposed by Kim to crack down on inmates being released early from prison were finally adopted by the legislature this year. She is also pushing for tougher sentences for property and drug offenders.
Education. Our students deserve quality schools that are accountable to taxpayers. Kim has suggested creative ways to help improve Oregon's education resources.
Government Accountability. Oregon doesn't allow the legislature to conduct performance audits of agencies. Kim wants this to change.
(This information furnished by Friends of Kim Thatcher.)