State Representative
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R. Thomas (Tom)


Occupation: Certified Public Accountant, retired

Occupational Background: Active in private CPA practices (1970-1998) specializing in business, farm and ranch taxation, as well as estate planning. Active in commercial real estate development and management (1972- ).

Educational Background: Attended Vale Schools; Ontario High School (1964); BYU (1970) B.S. Accounting, Business Administration and Economics (with Spanish concentration).

Prior Governmental Experience: Oregon House of Representatives (first elected in 1998 -- ). Full Joint Ways & Means Committees: (2001 - ). Ways and Means Sub-Committees: General Government (Chair, 1999 and 2003), Transportation and Economic Development (Chair, 2001), Public Safety (2003). Legislative interim committees: Emergency Board and Joint Legislative Committee on Information Management and Technology (Co-Chair, 2002); Joint Legislative Committee on Tax Reform (co-chair 2004); House Interim Committee on Revenue (Chair, 2004). Member: State Debt Policy Advisory Commission and Oregon International Trade Commission. Member: Oregon Council for Knowledge and Economic Development; Oregon Opportunities Task Force; Oregon Commission on Indian Services; State Fair Partnership. Malheur County Commissioner (1993 - 1999). State, county and local budget boards. Association of Oregon Counties. Malheur County Republican Central Committee (past Treasurer).

Happily married to Darlene Barnard Butler (CPA-retired) for 35+ years; five children (and five grandchildren); active in community, civic, church and professional organizations.

BSA Scout Committee (Troop 420) and Boy Scout Master (1972-2000)
Ore-Ida BSA Scout Council (Council Cub Scouting Assistant VP 1973-74)
Treasure Valley Opportunities [serving the handicapped] (1973 -1980)
Ontario Rotary Club (1973-1998): past-Treasurer and past-President


  1. Promote the long-term well-being of traditional families in Oregon.
  2. Seek to provide sustainable employment and family-wage jobs in rural and distressed communities.
  3. Invest in high quality education opportunities for Oregon's long-term well being.
  4. Explorer opportunities to optimize Oregon's public safety resources.
  5. Require accountability from state government for fiscal resources.

(This information furnished by Committee to Elect Tom Butler.)