Oregon Resources

Population: 4,028,977 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 6, 2018.

Primary: May 15, 2018.

Oregon (D+5) is a moderate state and most of the Republicans from this state have also been moderate. Oregon is known for being liberal and even experimental in attitude, often with lots of referenda. The population in 2010 was 84% White and 12% Hispanic.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 7. Oregon is regarded as a fairly safe state for the Democrats in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Democrats.

Jeff Merkley

Senator class 2: Jeff Mer­kley (D)
Committees: Appropriations, Foreign Affairs, Budget, Environment.

Democratic nominee: Jeff Mer­kley
Republican nominee: ?

Rating Jan 18, 2017:
TBD.

Status May 11, 2016:
Activist and State Representative Jeff Mer­kley (b.1956) beat a sitting Republican in his first Senate election in 2008 and got almost 56% in 2014. He was formerly the Speaker of the State House.

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Ron Wyden

Senator class 3: Ron Wyden (D)
Committees: Finance (Ranking), Budget, Energy & Natural Resouces, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: Ron Wyden
Republican nominee: ?

Rating Jan 18, 2017:
TBD.

Status Jan 18, 2017:
Lawyer Ron Wyden (b.1949) served in the House from 1981 till he won a special election to the Senate in 1996. He won 57% in 2016.

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House of Representatives: 5 Representantives; 4 Democrats and 1 Republican. Oregon conducts all elections through mail balloting.

Suzanne Bonamici

District 1
Representative: Suzanne Bonamici (D)
Committees: Education, Science.

Democratic nominee: Suzanne Bona­mici
Republican nominee: ?

Rating May 11, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status June 13, 2016:
The district (D+7) covers the northwestern corner of the state, down to the suburbs of Portland. It is 85% White and 9% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Senator Suzanne Bonamici (b.1954) was first elected in a special election in 2012 and won 60% in 2016.

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Greg Walden

District 2
Representative: Greg Walden (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce (Chair).

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Greg Walden

Rating May 11, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status Jan 18, 2017:
The district (R+10) encompasses the eastern 2/3 of the state, including Baker City and Ashland. It is 89% White and 9% Hispanic. Businessman and State Senator Greg Walden (b.1957) has represented the area since 1999. He won 72% in 2016.

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Earl Blumenauer

District 3
Representative: Earl Blumenauer (D)
Committees: Finance.

Democratic nominee: Earl Blu­me­nauer
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 11, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status Jan 18, 2017:
The district (D+22) includes most of Portland, including suburbs and is 80% White, 5% Black and 5% Asian. 8% identified as Hispanc. Lawyer and former Portland City Councillor Earl Blumenauer (b.1948) has represented the city since winning a special election in 1996. He was unopposed in 2016.

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Peter DeFazio

District 4
Representative: Peter DeFazio (D)
Committees: Transportation (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: Peter DeFazio
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely Dem.

Status Jan 18, 2017:
The district (D+2) covers the southwestern parts of the state, including the southern half of the coastline and the cities of Eugene and Roseburg. It his 92% White. Veteran and County Commissioner Peter DeFazio (b.1947) was first elected in 1986 and won 56% in 2016.

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Kurt Schrader

District 5
Representative: Kurt Schrader (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic candidate: Kurt Schrader
Republican candidate: ?

Rating September 3, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status Jan 18, 2017:
The district (D+0) encompasses northern and northwestern areas of Oregon, including much of the northern coastline, parts of the Portland suburbs and all of the State Capital of Salem. It is 87% White and 10% Hispanic. Veterinarian and State Senator Kurt Schrader (b.1951) was first elected in 2008 and won 54% in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The second Monday of January.

The Governor, SoS and Treasurer of Oregon are term limited after 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, they can run for 2 x 4 more years. There are no term limits for the AG and the Labor & Industries Commissioner.

Kate Brown

Governor: Kate Brown (D)

Democratic nominee: Kate Brown
Republican nominee: ?

Rating Jan 18, 2017:
TBD.

Status Jan 18, 2017:
Governor John Kitzhaber resigned Feb. 18. 2015 and was replaced by lawyer, State Senator and Secretary of State Kate Brown (b.1960). She won a special election for this office in 2016 with 51%.

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Dennis Richardson

Secretary of State: Dennis Richardson (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Dennis Richardson

Rating Jan 18, 2017:
TBD.

Status Jan 18, 2017:
The Secretary of State is the next in line if the Governor dies or resigns, unless the SoS has been appointed and not elected. The GOP took this office in 2016 with lawyer and State Rep. Dennis Richardson (b.1949), who was the party’s nominee for Governor in 2014. He won 48%.

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Tobias Read

Treasurer­: Tobias Read (D)

Democratic nominee: Tobias Read
Republican nominee: ?

Rating Jan 18, 2017:
TBD.

Status Jan 18, 2017:
The Dems held the office in 2016 with State Representative and businessman Tobias Read (b.1975). He won 44%.

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Ellen Rosenblum

Attorney General­: Ellen Rosenblum (D)

Democratic nominee: Ellen Rosen­blum
Republican nominee: ?

Rating Jan 18, 2017:
TBD.

Status Jan 18, 2017:
Judge Ellen Rosenblum (b.1951) was appointed in 2012 and subsequently won election later that year. She won 55% in 2016.

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Brad Avakian

Labor & Industries Commissioner: Brad Ava­kian (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating Jan 18, 2017:
TBD.

Status July 17, 2016:
Lawyer and State Senator Brad Ava­kian (b.1961) was appointed to this office in 2008 and elected later that year. He had no opponents in 2014. He ran for Secretary of State in 2016, but lost to a Republican. He is not seeking reelection in 2018.

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State Senate: 30 (17D / 13R ). Term: 4 years; half elected in 2018/2020.
State House: 60 (35 D / 25 R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2018.

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