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Jeff MerkleyDEMDemocrat United States Senator
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Jeffrey Alan Merkley (born October 24, 1956) is an American politician serving as the junior United States senator from Oregon since 2009. A member of the Democratic Party, Merkley served as the 64th speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009. Before his election to the Senate, Merkley was a five-term member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing the 47th district in central Multnomah County at the eastern side of Portland. Merkley defeated two-term Republican incumbent Gordon Smith in 2008 and was reelected in 2014 and 2020, defeating Republican nominees Monica Wehby and Jo Rae Perkins. Merkley has been an advocate of progressivism in the Senate, and was the only U.S. senator to endorse Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries. He was considered a potential candidate for president in 2020, but he chose to run for reelection to the Senate instead.

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Campaign Funding

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Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
Lawyers/Law Firms$438,386
Leadership PACs$371,601
Health Professionals$252,183
Securities & Investment$218,349
Real Estate$185,760
Electronics Mfg & Equip$142,924
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Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education6 - 6 of 4
Princeton University
Master in Public Administration
Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Stanford University
Bachelor of Arts
David Douglas High School
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
United States Senate, Oregon
2008 - Current
Oregon State House of Representatives
1998 - 2008
Speaker of the House
Oregon State House of Representatives
2007 - 2008
Former Democratic Leader
Oregon State House of Representatives
Portland Habitat for Humanity
1991 - 1998
Former Director of Housing Development
Human Solutions
Former Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity, Portland
Former National Security Analyst
United States Congress
Former National Security Analyst
Congressional Budget Office
Other Experience1 - 12 of 12
Former President
World Affairs Council of Oregon
Walk for Humanity
People's Investment Opportunity Program
Former Member
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, United States Senate
Former Member
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development , United States Senate
Former Member
Africa and Global Health Policy Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Economic Policy, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protections, United States Senate