State Representative

Marvin Sannes photo

Republican (REP)
Independent (IND)

  • Occupation: Small Business Owner

    Occupational Background: Owner and property manager, Spring-Green Lawn & Tree Care; CEO, Willamette Valley Youth Shelter; Child Care Worker, Edgefield Lodge & Marion County Shelter & Evaluation Center; Labor Contractor picking strawberries and beans when kids could work.

    Educational Background: Mt. Angel Preparatory; B.S., Portland State University; Masters Degree course work in Corrections, Western Oregon University

    Prior Governmental Experience: None

    Family: Married 40 years, 4 children, 2 grandchildren.

    Serving the Salem Community for Decades

    • Successfully initiated and lobbied for passage of the “Worker Bus” Law signed in 1970 by Governor Tom McCall.
    • Authored the successful nomination to the National Registry of Historic Places for The Old West Salem City Hall.
    • Initiated the first Special Education Grant for a special education program at North Salem High in 1977; these programs are now part of every school district in Oregon.
    • Recovery services: 5 years answering a recovery hotline, 5 years taking a recovery Meeting into the Marion County Jail.

    Public Safety: We must begin to address the causes of criminal behavior

    We must make the culture shift from criminal to social/medical:

    • 1 in 5 pre-adolescents has th
    • e disease response to their first experiments with substance abuse.
    • Seventy-five percent of our prison population is identified with substance abuse and treatment is available in 6 of 14 state institutions.
    • Addiction touches every Oregon family.
    • There are two dozen Oxford Houses in Salem and counting. Recovery programs are growing, we are seeing results of Head Start and similar preventive programs.
    • Treatment works, recovery is possible.

    Jobs in Salem

    • 85 % percent of Oregon’s economy is made up of businesses which gross less than 300K per year. We must encourage these small business owners with less regulation.
    • Repeal 66 & 67.


    • The single best public investment we make.



    (This information furnished by Marvin Sannes.)

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