United States Senator

Ron Wyden photo

Occupation: U.S. Senator

Occupational Background: Former Director, Oregon Legal Services for the Elderly; Co-founder, Oregon Gray Panthers

Educational Background: Stanford University, A.B.; University of Oregon Law School, J.D.

Prior Governmental Experience: Congressman, 1981-1996


From fighting against President Bush's Iraq War and his special interest favors that threw the country into recession, to standing up to a far-right minority dedicated to gridlock and partisanship, I have never forgotten my promise to stand up for all of Oregon in the U.S. Senate.

. I wrote the "county payments" legislation - bringing over $2 billion to Oregon to protect thousands of jobs, good schools, and law enforcement to keep our communities safe. And my Build America Bonds legislation is creating tens of thousands of jobs by helping communities re-build crumbling roads and infrastructure.

. When Wall Street came looking for a hand out after greedily gambling away billions, I fought every Wall Street bailout - regardless of which party advocated it.

. I uncovered rampant government waste and wrote laws to cut it; carving $1.8 billion from the Iraq reconstruction plan, and putting a stop to sweetheart, non-competitive, federal contracts that squandered countless taxpayer dollars.

. I won't give up the fight until we bring spiraling health costs under control, give every American the exact same health care Congress receives, and create a real public option to increase consumer choices and hold insurance companies accountable.

. I never back down when powerful interests threaten our state. I stopped efforts to overturn Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law, exposed oil companies manipulating gas prices and have been a leader in blocking the privatization of Social Security.

Representing Oregon in the U.S. Senate has been the greatest privilege of my life. I'm proud that you've asked me to stand up for you, and now I'm asking you to stand with me in this election.

(This information furnished by Wyden for Senate.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722