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Carla C. Piluso
Oregon House of Representatives, District 50
In office
January 12, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolAndrew Jackson High School
Bachelor'sWillamette University
ProfessionRetired; School board member
Office website
Campaign website
Carla C. Piluso is a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 50. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Gresham/Barlow School Board.[1]


Piluso earned her B.S. from Willamette University. She graduated from the Oregon Policy Academy. Her professional experience includes working for the Gresham Police Department for 30 years, during which she became the city's first female police chief.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Piluso served on the following committees:

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2015
Human Services and Housing, Vice-Chair
Veterans and Emergency Preparedness


Campaign themes


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

Supporting Working Families

  • Excerpt: "Carla will put working East County families and small businesses ahead of corporate special interests, by reducing taxes for the middle class and cutting tax loopholes for big corporations. And Carla will help create Oregon jobs by making sure local companies get the first crack at all state contracts, so our hard earned tax dollars create jobs here at home."


  • Excerpt: "As a mom and member of the Gresham-Barlow School Board for the past 6 years, Carla believes that education is the key to success. That's why she has been a vocal advocate for making sure our teachers get the resources they deserve and the funding goes to support our classrooms, so our schools have the resources they need to keep teachers and reduce class sizes."

Cutting Waste

  • Excerpt: "As Gresham's Police Chief, Carla managed a budget of over $20 million, returning an average of over $638,000 to the city each year. In the legislature, Carla will audit government programs, cutting waste and managing taxpayer dollars wisely."

Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "In Salem, she will continue to make Gresham safer and fight to increase funding for public safety."



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon House of Representatives 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. Carla Piluso defeated Beatrice Cochran in the Democratic primary. Piluso defeated write-in candidate Dan Chriestenson (R) in the general election.[3][4]

Oregon House of Representatives District 50, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarla C. Piluso 54.8% 9,613
     Republican Dan Chriestenson 44.7% 7,847
     None Miscellaneous 0.6% 97
Total Votes 17,557
Oregon House of Representatives, District 50 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCarla Piluso 82.5% 2,398
Beatrice Cochran 17.5% 510
Total Votes 2,908


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In 2014, Piluso's endorsements included the following:[5]

  • Oregon Education Association
  • Oregon School Employees Association
  • Women’s Investment Network PAC
  • Service Employees International Union Locals 503 & 49
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

  • Oregon Nurses Association
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Oregon Fire Fighter Council
  • Oregon Council of Police Associations
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon

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Political offices
Preceded by
Greg Matthews (D)
Oregon House of Representatives - District 50
Succeeded by