State Treasurer

Chris Telfer photo


Republican (REP)

Occupation: Certified Public Accountant; State Senator

Occupational Background: CPA; Community College Instructor

Educational Background: B.S., Denver University; graduate studies, Franklin University, University of Oregon.

Prior Governmental Experience: State Senator; Bend City Council; Central Oregon Cities Organization; Economic Development for Central Oregon; Chair, Bend-La Pine School District Budget Committee.

Community Involvement: HealthMatters of Central Oregon; Meth Action Coalition; Treasurer, Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon; Bend Chamber of Commerce; Rotary International.


The State Treasurer's Investment Division manages a portfolio valued at more than $68 billion dollars. That includes PERS assets, money for schools, and numerous other accounts. Chris Telfer has the background and knowledge to ensure Oregonians get the best possible return on our money.

"One thing Sen. Chris Telfer, (R-Bend), knows is her way around numbers. A certified public accountant, the legislator has spent a lifetime working with budgets, taxes and the like."

The Bulletin, May 15, 2009


Chris Telfer is a strong advocate for government transparency. Throughout her time in office she has fought for more detailed accounting of tax dollars and public resources to hold government responsible and reduce over-spending.

"Chris Telfer has taken on state bureaucrats to find out how much of our money agencies are holding in reserve accounts and slush funds. She's not afraid to ask tough questions and challenge the status quo in Salem."

Jason Williams, Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC


The Office of the State Treasurer manages over 13 million financial transactions a year and sees over $120 billion flow through the office annually. As a CPA, Chris Telfer has the knowledge and training to responsibly oversee these functions.

"Chris Telfer has the background and experience to ensure our state's financial resources are well managed and properly safeguarded. She's made a successful career of doing it for families and businesses and she's ready to do a great job as our Treasurer."

Congressman Greg Walden


(This information furnished by Committee to Elect Chris Telfer.)

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