State Senator
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Occupation: State Senator; retired large animal veterinarian; equine breeder.

Occupational Background: Employed at Klamath Veterinary Clinic and Supply 1968; partner 1972; principle owner and manager 1986: retired from veterinary practice 1994; owned and managed rental housing; owned and operated equine breeding and marketing operation on three small farms.

Educational Background: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University 1968; Associate of Arts, Central Oregon Community College 1993; Crook County High School 1961.

Prior Governmental Experience: Oregon State Senate 2005 to present; Joint Ways and Means Committee; Emergency Board; Vice-Chair Senate Judiciary Committee; Vice-Chair Senate Transportation Committee; Senate Commerce Committee, committees on Court Facilities and Technologies, Office of Administrative Hearings Oversight Committee.

Family: 3 daughters and wife, Gail

Community Service: Rotary; past president of Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, Water for Life, and Klamath County Cattlemen's Association; active in State and Klamath Basin water issues; lecturer at state and regional veterinary conferences.

What has Doug offered in Salem?

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY when balancing the budget; opposing tax and fee increases on Oregon's citizens and businesses; rooting out waste and assuring accountability in government spending.

EXPERIENCE with our district's unique and diverse issues, understanding of commercial retailing, irrigated farming and ranching; a passion for preserving the lifestyle and culture that our district provides.

KNOWLEDGE concerning serious issues facing our state and local economy, rural health care needs, public safety, education, property rights, water rights, agriculture, and land use.

COMMON-SENSE approach to reaching solutions through bipartisan work with Oregon citizens and local and state political leaders to focus government on its core priorities.

COMMITMENT to creating smaller and more efficient government, reducing oppressive regulation, lowering taxes and fees on hard-working Oregonians and small businesses, and letting families keep more of their own hard earned money.

(This information furnished by Douglas K. Whitsett.)