State Senator

Alan Bates photo


Democrat (DEM)
Working Families (WFP)

  • Occupation: Family physician, 1975 to present; Oregon State Senator 2005 to present.

    Occupational Background: Former Chief of Medicine at Rogue Valley and Providence Medford Medical Centers.

    Educational Background: DO: College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri, 1977; B.A: Central Washington State University, 1969.

    Prior Governmental Experience: Eagle Point School Board, 1990-2001; Governor's Committee for Excellence in Education, 1997-1999; Oregon Health Services Commission 1989-1999, chair, 1997-1999; Oregon State Representative 2001-2004.

    Military Service: Vietnam: US Army 1965-1967.

    2009 Legislation introduced or strongly supported by Senator Bates:

    Jobs & the Economy

    • Go Oregon! State Stimulus Plan: Put thousands of Oregonians back to work on delayed maintenance projects at public facilities.
    • Passed Transportation Stimulus providing much-needed infrastructure improvements. (HB 2001)
    • Created foreclosure assistance for Oregonians at risk of losing their homes. (SB 628)


    • Covered an additional 80,000 children and 35,000 adults through Oregon Health Plan. (HB 2009 / HB 2116)
    • Created the Nursing Faculty Loan Repayment Program to recruit and maintain nursing instructors in Oregon schools. (SB 701)
    • Levied tax on smokeless tobacco products that are often marketed toward young children. (HB 2672)
    • Made defibrillators more readily available in public places. (SB 556)

    The Environment

    • Dam removal on the Klamath River (SB 76)
    • Directed Environmental Quality Commission to adopt lowcarbon fuel standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (SB 2186)
    • Phased out field burning in the Willamette Valley. (SB 528)


    • Improved professional development tools for teachers. (SB 443)
    • Allowed U.S. veterans to pay in-state tuition at Oregon schools. (HB 2571)
    • Established the School Day Restoration Fund to prevent school days from being cut. (SB 581 / 5552)
    • Authorized $5.9 million for seismic retrofit of SOU's Churchill Hall, and $1.3 million for deferred maintenance projects at RCC. (SB 5505 & SB 5506)

    "Alan's legislative success lies in his ability to work across the aisle, his moderate voice, and his stature with fellow legislators."
    Bill Thorndike

    (This information furnished by Alan C. Bates.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722