Bruce Starr

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Bruce Starr
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Oregon State Senate District 15
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oregon State House of Representatives
1999-2003
Education
High schoolHillsboro Union High School
Bachelor'sPortland State University, 1991
Personal
Birthday01/12/1969
Place of birthPortland, OR
ProfessionBusinessman
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bruce Starr (b. January 12, 1969) is a Republican member of the Oregon State Senate, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He previously served as Assistant Republican Leader and Deputy Minority Leader.
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This candidate ran in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The Oregon Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of two seats, which amounts to 13.3 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. In 2012, when 14 districts were up for election, a total of two districts were mildly competitive, with a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.

Starr served on the Hillsboro, Oregon Street Committee, Budget Committee, and City Council from 1995 to 1998. He served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1999-2003. Starr worked as Legislative Assistant for State Representative Charles Starr from 1993 to 1998.

Biography

Starr earned his B.S. from Portland State University in 1991. His professional experience includes working as a Business Development Manager and small business owner.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Starr served on the following committees:

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2013
Business and Transportation, Vice Chair
Rules

2011-2012

2009-2010

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Starr's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Jobs and Transportation

  • Excerpt: "Bruce personally drafted a transportation package which added lanes on Highway 26, and rebuilt the Glencoe and Shute Road Interchanges. These projects improved road safety while putting local contractors and their employees to work."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Bruce supported HB5601, voting to increase K-12 funding by $100 million to hire teachers and add valuable school days."

Supporting Small Business

  • Excerpt: "Bruce voted for HB3601, cutting taxes on small businesses that create jobs and add to the economy."

Environment

  • Excerpt: "Bruce voted to preserve Oregon’s rivers and streams protecting habitat for species like salmon, lamprey, and trout."

Oregon Capital News sat down with Starr to get his thoughts on the environment, education, and the budget.[3]

Political positions

Debt negotiations

Starr is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[4] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2014
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Elections for the office of Oregon State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Chuck Riley was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Bruce Starr was unopposed in the Republican primary. Riley also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Caitlin Mitchel-Markley ran on the Libertarian ticket. Riley defeated Starr and Mitchel-Markley in the general election.[6][7]

The Oregon State Senate was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The Oregon Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of two seats, which amounts to 13.3 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. District 15 in the Senate was identified by Ballotpedia and the The Oregonian as a battleground district that could determine control of the Oregon State Senate. Incumbent Bruce Starr (R) was defeated by former state representative Chuck Riley (D) in the general election. In 2010, Starr defeated Riley by less than 2,000 votes. Campaign finance reports showed that Starr received over $550,000 and Riley raised over $400,000 in donations before the general election.[8]

Oregon State Senate District 15, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChuck Riley 45.7% 18,156
     Republican Bruce Starr Incumbent 45% 17,869
     Libertarian Caitlin Mitchel-Markley 9% 3,593
     None Miscellaneous 0.3% 116
Total Votes 39,734

2012

See also: Oregon down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Starr ran for Oregon Commissioner of Labor in 2012.[9] He was defeated by incumbent Brad Avakian (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10]

Election date controversy

Since it is officially a nonpartisan position, at the beginning of the campaign season the candidates for Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries assumed the election would take place on May 15, 2012, during the state's primary election. Election officials, however, said a 2009 law passed by the legislature requires the election to take place in November. Current Commissioner Brad Avakian stated, "We thought the election was in May. My opponent thought the election was in May. Everybody thought the election was in May. It seems clear now that's not the case."[11]

In mid-March, Sen. Starr sought a temporary restraining order that would have forced the Secretary of State to put the labor commission race on the May 15 ballot. Circuit Court Judge Steven Price rejected the move, saying Starr couldn't show he would be likely to win on the legal merits of the case.[12] Adding to the confusion, the election is for a two year term, but only for this election. Andrea Cantu-Schomus, spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office, explained this move was intended to set up a standard where each election includes some statewide offices.[11]

Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Avakian* (D) Incumbent 52.5% 681,987
     Nonpartisan Bruce Starr* (R) 46.7% 606,735
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.7% 9,616
Total Votes 1,298,338
Election Results via Oregon Secretary of State.

2010

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2010

Starr won re-election to the Oregon State Senate against Chuck Riley (D).[13] Starr was unopposed in the Republican primary.[14] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Oregon State Senate, District 15 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Starr (R) 21,382
Chuck Riley (D) 19,533

2006

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Starr was re-elected to District 15 in the Oregon State Senate, defeating John Napolitano (D).[15][16] Starr raised $144,889 for his campaign, while Napolitano raised $3,520.[17]

Oregon State Senate, District 15 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Starr (R) 19,973
John Napolitano (D) 16,308

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bruce Starr is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Bruce Starr raised a total of $1,958,725 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[18]

Bruce Starr's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries Defeated $546,886
2010 Oregon State Senate, District 15 Won $751,042
2008 Oregon State Senate, District 15 Not up for election $96,172
2006 Oregon State Senate, District 15 Won $173,097
2004 Oregon State Senate, District 15 Not up for election $41,117
2002 Oregon State Senate, District 15 Won $138,015
2000 Oregon State House, District 3 Won $94,437
1998 Oregon State House, District 3 Won $117,959
Grand Total Raised $1,958,725

2012

Bruce Starr lost the election to the position of Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries in 2012. During that election cycle, Bruce Starr raised a total of $546,886.

2010

Bruce Starr won re-election to the Oregon State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Bruce Starr raised a total of $751,042.

2008

Bruce Starr was not up for election to the Oregon State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Bruce Starr raised a total of $96,172.

2006

Bruce Starr won re-election to the Oregon State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Bruce Starr raised a total of $173,097.

2004

Bruce Starr was not up for election to the Oregon State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Bruce Starr raised a total of $41,117.

2002

Bruce Starr won election to the Oregon State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Bruce Starr raised a total of $138,015.

2000

Bruce Starr won re-election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Bruce Starr raised a total of $94,437.

1998

Bruce Starr won election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Bruce Starr raised a total of $117,959.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 77th Oregon State Legislature, first session, was in session from February 4 to July 9. In 2014, the 77th Oregon State Legislature, second session, was in session from February 3 to March 10.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills that impacted the businesses of family farmers and ranchers.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for issues that are important to AFT-Oregon. Priorities of the organization are based on the issues most important to its members working lives.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to the business community.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to civil liberties.
  • Legislators are scored based on their record in advocating for and advancing Oregon's public schools.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to Oregon's public schools.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to conservation.
  • Senators were scored on 14 key bills, while Representatives were graded on 17 bills.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 76th Oregon State Legislature, first session, was in session from February 1 to June 30. In 2012, the 76th Oregon State Legislature, second session, was in session from February 1 to March 6.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills pertaining to animals.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to civil liberties.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to Oregon's public schools.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to conservation.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for issues that are important to to specific locals or to Council 75 as a whole.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Starr's endorsements included the following:[19]

  • Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey
  • Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax
  • North Plains Mayor David Hatcher
  • Washington county Commission Chair Andy Duyck
  • Hillsboro chamber of Commerce PAC

  • Portland Business Alliance
  • Oregon Business Association
  • Washington County Farm Bureau
  • Oregon Farm Bureau Federation
  • Oregon State Firefighters Council

Personal

Starr and his wife, Rebecca, have two children.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Sen. Starr," accessed May 23, 2014
  2. BruceStarr.org, "Issues," accessed August 28, 2014
  3. YouTube, "Interview with Bruce Starr," October 12, 2010
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures, "Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction," accessed May 15, 2014
  5. Stateline, "State legislators want revenue on table in debt talks," September 22, 2011
  6. Oregon Secretary of State, "Official Results - May 20, 2014 Primary Election," accessed July 8, 2014
  7. Oregon Secretary of State, "Candidate Filing," accessed March 15, 2014
  8. Oregon Live, "Oregon state Senate races top $1 million mark in furious battle for control of chamber," accessed October 28, 2014
  9. Oregon Live, "Sen. Bruce Starr says he plans race for Oregon labor commissioner," December 14, 2011
  10. Oregon Live, "2012 General Election Results," November 7, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 Oregon Live, "Oregon labor commissioner election in November, not May -- as candidates thought," March 19, 2012
  12. Oregon Live, "Oregon judge denies attempt by Bruce Starr to hold labor commissioner's election in May," March 21, 2012
  13. Oregon Live Election, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  14. Oregon Secretary of State, "2010 Oregon State Senate Primary Election Results," accessed May 23, 2014
  15. Oregon Secretary of State, "2006 Oregon State Senate Primary Election Results," accessed May 23, 2014
  16. Oregon Secretary of State, "2006 Oregon State Senate General Election Results," accessed May 23, 2014
  17. Follow the Money, "Oregon Senate spending, 2006," accessed May 23, 2014
  18. followthemoney.org, "Starr, Bruce," accessed July 19, 2013
  19. BruceStarr.org, "Supporters," accessed August 28, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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Oregon State Senate District 15
2003-present
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