John Lively

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John Lively
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Oregon House of Representatives District 12
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 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sLane Community College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oregon
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Office website
Campaign website
John Lively (b. November 30, 1946) is a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Lively served as the Mayor of the City of Springfield from 1976 to 1986, and on the Springfield City Council from 1976 to 1986.[1]


Lively earned degree's from Lane Community College and the University of Oregon. Lively served in the United States Army in the Army Security Agency.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2013
Consumer Protection and Government Efficiency, Vice Chair
Health Care
Transportation and Economic Development


Campaign themes


Lively's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Creating Jobs

  • Excerpt: "The state shouldn’t place barriers on new businesses or the ability of existing business to expand. We need to work with local communities to support their job creation efforts."

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Excerpt: "We need to streamline government in order to get the most for every dollar invested by the taxpayers. When there are available funds, we must invest money in a rainy day fund for the next economic downturn."


  • Excerpt: "For our citizens to succeed in the jobs of the future, they need to have a quality education. This means kids entering school ready to learn, schools having adequate resources, and additional educational opportunities after high school through the trades, community colleges or four-year universities."

Access to affordable healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Ensuring access to healthcare provides citizens the best ability to manage their health and prevent the need for expensive treatments after they have already become ill."



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2014

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 John Lively was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Christopher Gergen was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lively defeated Gergen in the general election.[3][4]


See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lively won election in the 2012 election for Oregon House District 12. Lively defeated Sandra Mann in the May 15 Democratic primary and defeated Joe Pishioneri (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Oregon House of Representatives, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Lively 53.9% 12,213
     Republican Joe Pishioneri 46.1% 10,442
Total Votes 22,655
Oregon House of Representatives, District 12 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Lively 66.7% 2,688
Sandra Mann 33.3% 1,345
Total Votes 4,033

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lively is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Lively raised a total of $288,388 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 13, 2013.[8]

John Lively's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oregon State House, District 12 Won $288,388
Grand Total Raised $288,388


Lively won election to the Oregon State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lively raised a total of $288,388.
Oregon State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Lively's campaign in 2012
Building Trades PAC$111,739
Oregon Democratic Party$43,008
Service Employees Local 530$21,671
Oregon Education Association$20,696
Sayre, Matt$15,481
Total Raised in 2012$288,388
Source:Follow the Money


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.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for issues that are important to AFT-Oregon. Priorities of the organization are based on the issues most important to its members working lives.
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  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to civil liberties.
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  • Senators were scored on 14 key bills, while Representatives were graded on 17 bills.


Lively and his wife, Tresa, have two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Terry Beyer (D)
Oregon House of Representatives - District 12
Succeeded by