|Oregon House of Representatives District 49|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Troutdale City Council|
|Bachelor's||University of Oregon|
|Master's||University of Oregon|
|Ph.D.||Portland State University|
|Profession||Police officer/Mt. Hood Community College professor|
Gorsek earned his B.S. from the University of Oregon in 1989, his M.A. from the University of Oregon in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University. His professional experience includes being the Director of the Senior Adult Learning Center at Portland State University, serving as the Dean/Instructor at Mount Hood Community College from 1997 to 2000 and as a police officer for the Portland Police Bureau from 1980 to 1987.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gorsek served on the following committees:
|Oregon Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Higher Education and Workforce Development|
|• Transportation and Economic Development, Vice Chair|
Gorsek's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
- Excerpt: "Chris knows that we have to invest in Oregon’s community college and state university system to ensure students from all walks of life have the ability to study, train and update their skills so they can compete for good-paying jobs today and be ready for the high-tech jobs of Oregon’s next economy."
Chris Gorsek. A neighbor who is tired of politicians selling us out.
- Excerpt: "As our State Representative, Chris Gorsek will always stand up and fight for people like us—hard-working, middle-class families in East County who deserve a voice again in the State House."
- Excerpt: "For too long, Chris has watched as short-sighted politicians cut funding for the state police and other first responders. Chris will work to ensure our families’ safety always comes first."
- Excerpt: "Chris knows we have to make it easier to start a small business and hire workers by cutting government bureaucratic red tape. Chris Gorsek will also work to make small business loans more available for entrepreneurs and help returning veterans get the training they need to get back into the job market."
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. Incumbent Chris Gorsek was unopposed in the Democratic primary. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Gorsek defeated write-in candidate Bill Beckers (R) in the general election.
|Oregon House of Representatives District 49, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Chris Gorsek Incumbent||60.4%||9,527|
Gorsek won election in the 2012 election for Oregon House District 49. Gorsek was unopposed in the May 15 Democratic primary and defeated incumbent Matthew Wand (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Oregon House of Representatives, District 49, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Matthew Wand Incumbent||45.6%||9,602|
Comprehensive donor information for Gorsek is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gorsek raised a total of $652,258 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 14, 2013.
|Chris Gorsek's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Oregon State House, District 49||$557,459|
|2000||Oregon State Senate, District 11||$94,799|
|Grand Total Raised||$652,258|
2012Gorsek won election to the Oregon State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Gorsek raised a total of $557,459.
|Oregon State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Chris Gorsek's campaign in 2012|
|Building Trades PAC||$170,989|
|Oregon Education Association||$91,726|
|Service Employees Local 530||$89,243|
|Oregon Democratic Party||$74,367|
|Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||$20,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$557,459|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2000Gorsek lost the election for the Oregon State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Gorsek raised a total of $94,799.
|Oregon State Senate 2000 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Chris Gorsek's campaign in 2000|
|Senate Democratic Leadership Fund of Oregon||$72,150|
|Sheet Metal Workers Local 16||$1,950|
|Oregon Education Association||$1,021|
|Total Raised in 2000||$94,799|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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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.
- Oregon Farm Bureau: 2013 Senate Votes
- Oregon Farm Bureau: 2013 House Votes
- Oregon Farm Bureau: 2014 State Legislative Summary
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- American Federation of Teachers-Oregon: 2013 Scorecard
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- Oregon Education Association: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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- Oregon League of Conservation Voters: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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- Oregon AFSCME: 2013 Report Card on the Oregon Legislature
- Senators were scored on 14 key bills, while Representatives were graded on 17 bills.
Gorsek and his wife, Jackie, have two children.
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- Biography from Project Vote Smart
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- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2000
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Gorsek," accessed May 25, 2014
- Chris Gorsek, "Important Issues," accessed September 2, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Official Results - May 20, 2014 Primary Election," accessed July 8, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Candidate Filing," accessed March 17, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Candidate Filings for the House," accessed April 11, 2012
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Oregon State House Official Primary Results for 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Oregon State House Official General Results for 2012," accessed May 24, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Gorsek, Chris," accessed June 14, 2013
Matthew Wand (R)
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