Chris Gorsek

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Chris Gorsek
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Oregon House of Representatives District 49
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Troutdale City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oregon
Master'sUniversity of Oregon
Ph.D.Portland State University
ProfessionPolice officer/Mt. Hood Community College professor
Office website
Campaign website
Chris Gorsek (b. January 28, 1958) is a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 49. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


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.[1]

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes


Gorsek's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]


  • 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."

Public Safety

  • 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."



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be 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 is also running on the Working Families Party ticket. Gorsek will face write-in candidate Bill Beckers (R) in the general election.[3][4]


See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[5][6][7]

Oregon House of Representatives, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Gorsek 54.4% 11,459
     Republican Matthew Wand Incumbent 45.6% 9,602
Total Votes 21,061

Campaign donors

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.[8]

Chris Gorsek's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oregon State House, District 49 Won $557,459
2000 Oregon State Senate, District 11 Defeated $94,799
Grand Total Raised $652,258


Gorsek 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


Gorsek lost the election for the Oregon State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Gorsek raised a total of $94,799.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Oregon

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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.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills that impacted the businesses of family farmers and ranchers.
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  • Senators were scored on 14 key bills, while Representatives were graded on 17 bills.


Gorsek and his wife, Jackie, have two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Matthew Wand (R)
Oregon House of Representatives - District 49
Succeeded by