State Senator
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Occupation: Oregon State Senate President; Assistant to the President, Western Oregon University.

Occupational Background: Attorney, Private Practice; Hearings Officer, Employment Relations Board; Legal Aid Attorney; Law Clerk, Oregon Court of Appeals.

Educational Background: Bachelors and Masters in Public Administration, University of Rhode Island; Law Degree, Boston University.

Prior Governmental Experience: State Senator; State Representative; Salem City Council; Salem Mass Transit Board.

Community Involvement: Board Member, YMCA; Member, Oregon State Bar; former member, Salem United Soccer, Mid-Valley Children's Guild, Red Cross, United Way, former Boys and Girls Club and CYO Coach.

Personal: Married to Margie Brenden Courtney. They have three sons: Peter, Sean, and Adam, and a dog, Yoda.

Peter Courtney

Nobody Works Harder or Delivers More for Oregonians!

Peter led the successful fight to:

  • Require sex offenders to register and require that neighbors be notified when they move into our communities.
  • Protect children by requiring background checks for sex offenses for those applying for jobs supervising children.
  • Create Amber Alert system to help find abducted and missing children quickly.
  • Secure life flight services for critically ill or injured children.
  • Create a discount prescription drug program to help seniors with skyrocketing drug costs.
  • Crackdown on elder abuse, increase penalties for offenders and prevent abusers from inheriting property from their victims.
  • Guarantee health insurance coverage for mental health treatment, prostate exams and clinical breast exams.
  • Protect health care and other benefits of our national guard serving abroad.
  • Improve earthquake preparedness and complete longoverdue seismic retrofitting of schools and hospitals.

Peter will continue to fight for:

  • Stable and adequate funding for our schools.
  • Affordable health care for everyone.
  • Reduced cost of prescription drugs.
  • Safer communities for our families.
  • A commitment to emergency preparedness to ensure Oregon is ready to respond to acts of terrorism and natural disasters.

Nobody Works Harder, Nobody Delivers More for Your Oregon!

(This information furnished by Peter Courtney for State Senate.)

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