State Representative
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Chris
Harker

Democrat

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

Occupational Background: OHSU researcher and 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 28 years to Georgia Harker; two great kids.

I've worked in education and healthcare and run my own technology business for 15 years. I joined the House of Representatives in June 2008. I bring a strong new voice to the legislature. I look forward to working effectively with my colleagues to address these important issues:

Education: Married to a teacher, I know increased school funding is critical. We can strengthen education in Oregon from pre-K through college, while making college more affordable. All our schools must be able to attract and retain good teachers.

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'll 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. As a business owner, I provide coverage for my family and my employees. Basic healthcare and coverage for catastrophic events should be accessible to everyone.

Energy and Transportation: Gas prices are a serious problem and investing in renewable energy should be a top priority. Oregon should be a leader in this field. We also need to invest in our roads, bridges and railroads.

I'm proud to represent House District 34. Thanks for your continued support.

Endorsements:

Brad Avakian, Labor Commissioner; State Senator Suzanne Bonamici; State Representative Mitch Greenlick; American Federation of Teachers - Oregon; Oregon Business Association; Oregon Nurses Association; Oregon AFSCME Council 75; Oregon League of Conservation Voters; Stand for Children.

(This information furnished by Friends of Chris Harker.)