|Oregon State Senate, District 15|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Oregon House of Representatives, District 29|
|2005 - 2011|
|Profession||Criminal Justice Educator|
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.
Riley is a former Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 29 from 2005 to 2011. Riley announced his bid for Oregon State Senate District 15 in 2010. His wife, Katie Riley, ran for his vacated seat in 2010. She was defeated by Katie Brewer (R).
Riley has been a System Analyst/Project manager for Santa Barbara county, Blackwell North American, Blue Cross of Oregon, Southern Illinois University and First Interstate Bank-Oregon. In addition, he was a programmer for Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Riley was also owner/consultant of Chuck Riley Computer Consulting. Riley attended Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois.
Prior to leaving the Oregon House of Representatives, Riley served on the following committees:
- Consumer Protection Committee, Oregon House of Representatives, Vice Chair
- Revenue Committee, Oregon House of Representatives
- Veterans and Emergency Services Committee, Oregon House of Representatives
Riley's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
Getting Serious About Investing In Education and Reducing Class Sizes
- Excerpt: "As your State Senator, I will make education funding my top priority so that we stabilize funding for Oregon schools, shrink class sizes, and stop teacher layoffs."
Access to Job Training and College Affordability
- Excerpt: "Chuck Riley will work to expand access to job training programs that help Oregonians learn the skills they need to get family-wage jobs."
Creating Jobs and Improving Our Economy
- Excerpt: "Chuck Riley knows it takes a lot of hard work for a small business to succeed. He will fight for small businesses by cutting red tape and expanding access to loans and financial support. Chuck’s jobs plan will help small businesses grow and hire new employees, which is the key to improving our economy."
- See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2014
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.
|Oregon State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Bruce Starr Incumbent||45.1%||17,869|
|Source: Oregon Secretary of State; as of November 18, 2014|
Riley did not run for re-election to the 29th District seat in 2010. Instead, he ran for state senate to District 15. Riley defeated Travis Comfort in the June 8 Democratic primary. Riley was defeated by incumbent Bruce Starr (R) in the general election on November 2.
|Oregon State Senate, District 15 (2010)|
|Bruce Starr (R)||21,382|
|Chuck Riley (D)||19,533|
|Oregon State House District 29|
|Chuck Riley (D)||11,191|
In 2008, Riley collected $95,417 in donations.
These were the largest contributions in 2008.
|OREGON HOUSE DEMOCRATS||$7,654|
|OREGON PUBLIC EMPLOYEES LOCAL 503||$5,089|
|COALITION FOR A HEALTHY OREGON||$4,000|
|OREGON EDUCATION ASSOCIATION||$3,839|
|OREGON TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION||$3,000|
|OREGON BUS PROJECT||$2,828|
In 2014, Riley's endorsements included the following:
Riley and his wife, Katie, and have four children.
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- Official campaign website
- Chuck Riley on Facebook
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- OregonLive.com,, "Katie Riley announces run for state house," August 25, 2009
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Chuck Riley," accessed August 28, 2014
- Chuck Riley, "Top Priorities," accessed August 28, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Official Results - May 20, 2014 Primary Election," accessed July 8, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Candidate Filing," accessed March 15, 2014
- Oregon Live, "Oregon state Senate races top $1 million mark in furious battle for control of chamber," accessed October 28, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "2010 Oregon State Senate Primary Election Results," accessed May 23, 2014
- Oregon Live Election, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "2008 Oregon State House Primary Election Results," accessed May 24, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "2008 House General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed August 28, 2014
- Chuck Riley, "Supporters," accessed August 28, 2014
|Oregon House of Representatives - District 29
| Succeeded by|
Katie Brewer (R)