Dennis Richardson

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Dennis Richardson
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Oregon House of Representatives District 4
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1976
J.D.Brigham Young University, 1979
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1969-1971
Personal
BirthdayJuly 30, 1949
Place of birthLos Angeles, CA
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionChristian-Non-demoninational
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Dennis Richardson (b. July 30, 1949) is a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Richardson served on the city council of Central Point, Oregon. From 1996 to 2000, Richardson served as Chairman for the Oregon Republican Party's Second Congressional District. From 1999 to 2003, he served as Treasurer for the Oregon State Republican Party.

Richardson ran for Governor of Oregon in 2014.[1] Dennis Richardson lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Richardson earned his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in 1976, and earned his J.D. from J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University in 1979. His professional experience includes working as an attorney, and owning Dennis Richardson and Associates, Professional Corporation, Law Firm. Richardson served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Richardson served on the following committees:

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2013
Consumer Protection and Government Efficiency
Ways and Means, Co-Vice Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Richardson served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Richardson served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon gubernatorial election, 2014

Richardson ran for election as Governor of Oregon. Richardson won the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]

Results

Primary election
Governor of Oregon, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Bruce Cuff 9.7% 22,250
Gordon Challstrom 10% 23,026
Tim Carr 6% 13,687
Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Richardson 65.7% 150,808
Mae Rafferty 6.9% 15,769
Darren Karr 1% 2,315
Write-ins 0.8% 1,818
Total Votes 229,673
Election Results Via:Oregon Secretary of State Unofficial Election Results.
General election
Governor of Oregon, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kitzhaber Incumbent 49.7% 657,436
     Republican Dennis Richardson 45.2% 598,407
     Pacific Green Jason Levin 1.9% 25,634
     Libertarian Paul Grad 1.5% 19,326
     Constitution Aaron Auer 0.8% 10,276
     Progressive Chris Henry 0.9% 12,299
Total Votes 1,323,378
Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 93% precincts reporting.

Race background

Incumbent John Kitzhaber previously served as Governor of Oregon from 1995 to 2003 and was running for a fourth non-consecutive term in 2014. He stressed a renewed focus on tax changes and job creation aimed at reducing inequality in his fourth term.[3][4]

Kitzhaber earned credit following his election in 2010 for increasing health coverage for Oregon residents and reducing the financial burdens of state pensions. Republican opponent Dennis Richardson and his supporters highlighted problems over the previous four years including a false start for the state's Cover Oregon health exchange that cost taxpayers $250 million.[5]

Kitzhaber also drew scrutiny for myriad revelations about potential conflicts of interest by first lady and advisor Cylvia Hayes. On October 13, Kitzhaber requested an investigation by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission into whether Hayes leveraged her role in the governor's office to improve her consulting business. Richardson jumped on the opportunity to criticize the governor over ethics concerns, calling his administration "inept and unethical" and musing rhetorically that he might have been hiding more secrets.[5] The ethics commission has a 120-day window to publish results of investigations and the seven-member board had no scheduled meetings prior to the November 4 general election.[6]

2012

See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2012

Richardson won re-election in the 2012 election for Oregon House of Representatives District 4. Richardson was unopposed in the May 15 Republican primary and defeated Rick Hake (C) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Oregon House of Representatives, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Richardson Incumbent 87.5% 21,284
     Constitution Rick Hake 12.5% 3,047
Total Votes 24,331

2010

See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2010

Richardson won re-election to District 4 in 2010. He had no primary opposition, and defeated Richard Levine (D) in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.[10][11]

Oregon State House, District 4
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Richardson (R) 17,495
Richard Levine (D) 7,279

2008

See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Richardson won re-election to Oregon State House District 1.[12][13]

Richardson raised $65,789 for his campaign.[14]

Oregon State House District 4
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Richardson (R) 19,641
Wangle (I) 8,053
Misc. 116

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Richardson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Richardson raised a total of $577,835 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 13, 2013.[15]

Dennis Richardson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oregon State House, District 4 Won $105,674
2010 Oregon State House, District 4 Won $49,080
2008 Oregon State House, District 4 Won $65,789
2006 Oregon State House, District 4 Won $83,080
2004 Oregon State House, District 4 Won $72,649
2002 Oregon State House, District 4 Won $201,563
Grand Total Raised $577,835

2012

Richardson won re-election to the Oregon State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Richardson raised a total of $105,674.
Oregon State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dennis Richardson's campaign in 2012
Oregon Healthcare Association$12,000
Doctors for Healthy Communities$10,000
Douglas County Physicians Association$9,500
Coalition for a Healthy Oregon$7,500
Oregon Right to Life$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$105,674
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Richardson won re-election to the Oregon State House in 2010. During that election cycle, Richardson raised a total of $49,080.

2008

Richardson won re-election to the Oregon State House in 2008. During that election cycle, Richardson raised a total of $65,789.

2006

Richardson won re-election to the Oregon State House in 2006. During that election cycle, Richardson raised a total of $83,080.

2004

Richardson won re-election to the Oregon State House in 2004. During that election cycle, Richardson raised a total of $72,649.

2002

Richardson won election to the Oregon State House in 2002. During that election cycle, Richardson raised a total of $201,563.

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2013-2014

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.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 76th Oregon State Legislature, first session, was in session from February 1 to June 30. In 2012, the 76th Oregon State Legislature, second session, was in session from February 1 to March 6.

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Personal

Dennis Richardson was born August 30, 1949, in Los Angeles, California and raised in Central Point, Oregon. He is currently married to Cathy Richardson with nine children.[2]

Organizations

  • Delegate, Citizens for America, 1984.

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

  • Chair, Budget Committee, School District 6.

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