Mike Nearman

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Mike Nearman
Oregon House of Representatives, District 23
In office
January 12, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWestern Oregon University, Marquette University
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Nearman is a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Nearman currently serves as the Polk County Republican Central Committee Chair.[1]


Nearman earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Western Oregon University and a bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Marquette University. His professional experience includes working in the fields of software engineering and technical support.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Nearman served on the following committees:

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2015
Consumer Protection and Government Effectiveness
Higher Education, Innovation and Workforce Development


Campaign themes


Nearman's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Strong, Focused, Conservative Leadership

  • Excerpt: "Mike Nearman believes voters deserve to be represented by someone focused on creating jobs, limiting taxes and ensuring we have a strong education system for our children—all while not sacrificing conservative principles."

A Man of His Word

  • Excerpt: "Mike won’t sacrifice his principles when the political winds shift. As your representative, he will unite his core values with basic common sense as he carefully reviews and votes on legislation."

Advocate for Common Sense Government Reforms

  • Excerpt: "Mike believes taxpayer funded programs should be regularly analyzed for their cost-effectiveness and whether they would be better run by the private sector. Government projects that run over budget should be audited and administrators should be held accountable."

Fighting for Life & Traditional Marriage

  • Excerpt: "Mike has always been strongly pro-life and pro-traditional marriage."

Strong Supporter of Gun Rights and Enforcing Our Laws

  • Excerpt: "Mike believes that legal immigration is part of what has made this country great. That’s why he believes in protecting our borders and enforcing immigration laws already on the books. He’s also a tireless advocate for preserving our Second Amendment rights."



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. Wanda Davis was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mike Nearman defeated incumbent Jim Thompson in the Republican primary. Davis also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Mark Karnowski ran as a Libertarian candidate, while Alex Polikoff ran as a Pacific Green Party candidate. Nearman defeated Davis, Karnowski and Polikoff in the general election.[2][3]

Oregon House of Representatives District 23, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Nearman 52.8% 14,474
     Democratic Wanda Davis 36.1% 9,891
     Green Alex Polikoff 4.6% 1,271
     Libertarian Mark Karnowski 2.5% 679
     None Miscellaneous 4.1% 1,116
Total Votes 27,431
Oregon House of Representatives, District 23 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Nearman 63% 4,263
Jim Thompson Incumbent 37% 2,501
Total Votes 6,764


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In 2014, Nearman's endorsements included the following:[4]

  • National Federation of Independent Businesses (Oregon)
  • Associated Oregon Industries
  • AG-PAC
  • Common Sense for Oregon PAC
  • Oregon Family Council PAC

  • Oregonians for Food and Shelter’s FirstVote PAC
  • Taxpayers Association of Oregon
  • Oregon Right to Life PAC
  • Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance PAC
  • Oregon Firearms Federation Political Action Committee


Nearman is married to Debora.[1]

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