“In 2008 I asked Chris to consider running for State Representative because I appreciated his perspectives on policy and his talent for understanding many of Oregon’s fundamental challenges. The people of Oregon will continue to benefit from his experience in business, science, education and the legislature upon his reelection.” - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
Since June of 2008 I’ve represented the people of House District 34. My wife and I have lived in the district since 1988 and both our kids went through the Beaverton public schools several years ago. I’m now in the middle of my second term in the House and looking forward to continuing my public service in the upcoming session.
The fact that Oregon has a part-time, citizen legislature means that you and I can get involved in state politics and make real contributions. Personally, I didn’t set out to be a legislator; I’m a scientist and businessman, a husband, father and son. What got me into politics was seeing the demise of public education in this state, precipitated primarily by Measure 5. A strong public school system is essential for producing a strong and educated middle class. For decades this was a major strength of this country but it is now in serious jeopardy. I am in Salem to reverse that trend. My goal is to deliver public education at a level which will enable the young people of Oregon to develop and satisfy their curiosity, to learn the skills they’ll need to become inventive, constructive adults who can think critically and creatively regardless of what field they enter.
We moved to Oregon in 1987, driving across the plains in our station wagon, so I could take a job at OHSU and, like many of you, we moved here for the quality of life. The position I took at OHSU paid significantly less than I’d been offered on the East Coast but this is where we wanted to live. We’ve enjoyed being here, visiting most counties of the state, and I feel obliged to protect what we have. I’ve been an active supporter of environmental conservation for a long time and my votes in Salem reflect that. I’ll continue to think and act that way as long as I’m re-elected.
I truly do consider it an honor to serve the people of Oregon in this way and to work with some wonderfully dedicated people in the Capitol. I ask your support in the upcoming election and I welcome your comments and suggestions.