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Chris Telfer

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Chris Telfer
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Oregon State Senate, District 27
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Councilwoman, Bend City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Denver
Date of birthJanuary 2, 1950
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
Chris Telfer (b. January 2, 1950) is a former Republican member of the Oregon State Senate, representing District 27 from 2009 to 2013.

Telfer was a candidate for Deschutes County Commissioner in 1980. She then served as Councilwoman for Bend City Council from 2003 to 2008.


Telfer earned her B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management/Business Administration from the University of Denver. She then did her Post-Graduate Work in Accounting for the University of Oregon. Her professional experinence includes working as a Certified Public Accountant and as a professor at Central Oregon Community College.

Committee assignments




Campaign themes


On her campaign website, Telfer outlined the following campaign themes:[1]

  • "Chris Telfer has lived, worked and raised her family in Oregon for the last 35 years. Over the years, Chris has tirelessly worked for better land use laws, improved transportation, affordable health care, fiscal conservatism, great schools and a sustainable quality of life for Oregon. Chris is known for tackling tough issues and utilizes strong, collaborative leadership to continue moving forward toward preserving the Oregon we know and love. In 2013 and beyond, Chris will continue her work as a voice of reason, your voice in Salem."


April 3, 2012

On April 3, 2012, the District 27 Republican candidates participated in a debate on KPOV sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Audio of the debate can be found here.

March 27, 2012

On March 27, 2012, the District 27 Republican candidates participated in a debate on COTV's "Talk of the Town." Coverage of the debate can be found here.

March 13, 2012

On March 13, 2012, the District 27 Republican candidates participated in a debate on KBND. Audio of the debate can be found here.

Electricity subsidy

Telfer was the only voice of dissent in the Senate Committee of Finance and Revenue in mid-May 2011 as they approved a new program to assist low-income families in paying their electric bills. The cost comes to 35 cents each month for residential ratepayers under this measure, Senate Bill 863.

This program, called the Oregon Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, would require electricity companies to collect an additional $5 million from residents to apply toward payment of electricity for low-income families seeking assistance.

The bill would require energy companies to collectively contribute $5 million to the Housing and Community Services Department Low-Income Electric Bill Payment Assistance Fund, totaling $10 million over the two-year period.[2]



See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2012

Telfer ran for re-election in 2012. She was defeated by Tim Knopp in the May 15, 2012, Republican primary. Geri Hauser (D) ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Oregon State Senate, District 27 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Knopp 68.2% 8,908
Chris Telfer Incumbent 31.8% 4,149
Total Votes 13,057


See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Telfer was elected to the 27th District Seat in the Oregon State Senate, besting Maren Lundgren (D).[6][7] Telfer raised $371,430 for his campaign, while Lundgren raised $27,594.[8]

Oregon State Senate, District 27 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Telfer (R) 42,061
Maren Lundgren (D) 28,379

Campaign donors


In 2008, Telfer collected $371,430 in donations.[9]

These were the largest contributors.

Donor Amount


Telfer is divorced and has two children.

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Preceded by
Oregon State Senate District 27
Succeeded by
Tim Knopp (R)