State Representative
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Occupation: State Representative; Republican Whip

Occupational Background: Colonel, USAF, retired; served on Air Force staff and in Office of Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon; served in command, leadership, staff, and diplomatic positions in Vietnam, Germany, and Yugoslavia

Educational Background: MA in International Affairs, University of Arkansas; BA in Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Prior Governmental Experience: State legislator since 2003 - Vice Chair of House Judiciary and Education committees; Ways & Means Committee, Education and Public Safety subcommittees; State Commission on Children & Families; Chief Justice's Special Courts Advisory Committee; Education Commission of the States; former chairman of the Deschutes County Commission on Children & Families and county Republican Party

Community service: Served on Homeless Leadership Council; multiple veteran organizations; Sunriver Board of Directors; Sunriver Christian Fellowship Church; former youth sports coach and PTA officer

Family: Married to 4th generation Oregonian, Josie Coffey; son, Todd, his wife and grandson live in NC.

Gene Whisnant
Common Sense Leadership with Honesty and Integrity

I advocate for Central Oregon families and fight to keep our communities safe from criminals/predators. I believe our students deserve a quality education and support Oregon's natural resource industries.

I believe in:

Individual freedoms, personal responsibility and a free market economy.
Effective, accountable, and frugal state government.
Focusing on building Oregon's economic prosperity.
Improving and protecting the rights of property owners.
Lower taxes, job creation and economic development

ensure stable funding for our education system;
provide care for seniors, military veterans and the vulnerable in our society;
expand public safety programs to fight meth, hold criminals accountable; and address illegal immigration.

I support alternative energy and fuels. However, I support repeal of the ethanol mandate. I want to protect the environment without harm to our economy or citizens.

I believe Oregonians deserve leadership that will protect the interests of our citizens and taxpayers; not government bureaucracies.

I ask for your support,
Gene Whisnant

(This information furnished by Committee to Elect Gene Whisnant.)