State Representative

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Democrat (DEM)
Independent (IND)

Occupation: President and Founder of local software company; State Representative.

Occupational Background: OHSU researcher, faculty member; bicycle mechanic, smokestack tester.

Educational Background: B.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Mayo Clinic.

Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative.

Family: Married 30 years (so far); two grown kids.

I’ve worked in education and healthcare and run my own business for 17 years. As a small business owner, I’m convinced that in order for Oregon to prosper we need to have the courage and the will to create an environment that is profitable for both businesses and the communities they rely upon. Unless we properly fund our education system we are really going to struggle in the global economy. The days in which low skills can generate high pay are quickly disappearing.

I joined the House of Representatives in June 2008 and was elected that November to represent District 34. I look forward to continuing to work effectively with my colleagues to address these important issues:

Education: I’m married to an educator and my son is a sophomore at University of Oregon, so I know increased school funding is critical. We can and must strengthen education in Oregon, from pre-K through college.

Business, jobs and the economy: I started a software business in my living room. It’s now a national leader in its field with a reputation for solving problems and delivering on promises. I bring that same approach to Salem where we must combine existing resources with innovative ideas to create new jobs and solutions.

Healthcare: Finding affordable healthcare is a problem we all face. At my business I provide coverage for my employees. As Vice Chair of the House Health Care Committee, I’ve worked to make basic healthcare accessible and affordable to all Oregonians.

I’m proud to represent District 34. Thanks for your continued support!


Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian; Senator Suzanne Bonamici; Representative Mitch Greenlick; Oregon Nurses Association; OSEA; Stand for Children; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC.

(This information furnished by Friends of Chris Harker.)

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