Oregon Republican Party

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Oregon Republican Party
Chairperson Bill Currier[1]
Senate leader Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli
House leader Minority Leader Mike McLane
Founded 1859
Headquarters 311 B Ave, Suite N (2nd Floor); Lake Oswego, OR 97034[2]
Ideology Conservatism
Fiscal conservatism
Social conservatism
National affiliation Republican Party
Seats in the Upper House
14 / 30
Seats in the Lower House
26 / 60

The Oregon Republican Party is the state affiliate of the United States Republican Party in Oregon, headquartered in Lake Oswego.[2] The first state party convention was held in Salem on April 21, 1859, and its first nominee for Congress, Portland attorney David Logan.[3][4]


Edward Dickinson Baker

In May 1856, the first Republican meeting in Oregon was held in Jackson County to nominate county officers and to adopt a platform declaring freedom throughout the United States. On August 20, 1856, Republicans in the Oregon Territory met in Albany and organized the Oregon Republican Party. At this meeting steps were taken to organize county and precinct conventions.[3]

Oregon in the Civil War

Originally from Illinois and a good friend to Abraham Lincoln, Edward Dickinson Baker moved to Oregon and became a U.S. Senator in 1860. When the Civil War started in 1861 he raised his own militia and liked to dress in full uniform in front of colleagues in Congress. On October 21, 1861, with Congress out of session, Colonel Baker and his men met Confederate forces on a hill called Ball's Bluff just outside Washington, D.C. Shortly after the battle started Baker was killed along with nearly 1,000 other men. The disaster sparked the formation of the toughest investigation committee in history, the Joint Committee on the Conduct of War.

During World War II congressmen were commonly seen serving with their units in combat zones but the War Department quickly banned all congress members from serving on active duty, forever making Edward Dickinson Baker the only U.S. congressman to ever lose his life in a military engagement.[5]



The party believes that every person has a fundamental right to life, beginning at conception. The party also opposes taxpayer funding for abortion.[6]


The party believes that the death penalty should be used, mandatory minimum sentencing for violent offenders and in truth in sentencing.[6]


The party believes in lower taxes, free market, sound monetary policy and non government involvement."[6]


The party believes that all children should have a right to have access to a quality education, parents have the responsibility to educate their children, and that basic skills and fluency in English should be emphasised.[6]


The party believes in minimal government intervention and that all regulation should strive to cause the least harm to human resource and business pursuits.[6]


The party believes that legal recognition of marriage should be restricted to those between one man and one woman, that government involvement in family matters should be kept at a minimum, and that local governments have the right to intervene when parents are deemed unfit. The party opposes abortion, assisted suicide and human trafficking.[6]

Foreign policy

The party believes that foreign relations should be based on the security of the United States.[6]

Government spending

The party believes that the government should exercise fiscal responsibility and there should be no unfunded mandates or bailouts. They support a balanced budget.[6]

Health care

The party supports health care reforms that lower costs, eliminate government barriers and allow citizens to make their own health care decisions. They support the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[6]


The party recognizes the benefits of legal immigration, opposes amnesty, supports English as the official language, supports a simplified guest worker program. It believes the right to vote should only be earned through naturalization, and that citizenship for children should be granted if one or more of their parents are a U.S. citizen.[6]

Individual liberty through limited government

The party stands for the protection of individual rights.[6]


The party opposes age-based discrimination and taxation of Social Security income. It supports permanent separation of Social Security funds from the general fund, and believes that all pensions except Social Security should be taxed equally.[6]


The party supports only those regulations that support free enterprise and personal freedoms.[6]


The party supports the individual's right to keep and bear arms.[6]

Voter integrity and Election Reform

The party supports voter identification at the polls, transparency in elections, severe and enforced penalties for election law violations and the Electoral College.[6]

Past elections


Republican nominees have won 25 of Oregon's 38 Presidential popular votes.[3]

Party leaders

Chairman: Bill Currier

Vice Chairman: Tyler Smith

Secretary: Chris Barreto

Treasurer: Ken Taylor

National Committeeman: Solomon Yue, Jr.

National Committeewoman: Donna D. Cain

Current elected officials

The Oregon Republican Party holds split control over the Oregon House of Representatives and 14 of the 30 Oregon Senate seats. It also holds one of the state's five U.S. House seats and neither of the two U.S. Senate seats.

Members of Congress

U.S. House of Representatives

Greg Walden, 111th Congress

Statewide offices

  • None

State Legislature


State House

House Minority Leader: Mike McLane, 55th District


  1. "Party Chairman, Bill Currier". Oregon Republican Party. Retrieved April 16, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Headquarters Address."
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Short History of the Oregon Republican Party"
  4. http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/01/allen_alley_glides_into_oregon.html Retrieved 1/22/2011.
  5. Edward Baker
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 "Oregon Republican Party Platform, 2013". Retrieved 26 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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