Shawn Lindsay

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Shawn Lindsay
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Oregon House of Representatives District 30
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Delegate, Oregon State Bar House of Delegates
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1997
J.D.Washburn University School of Law, 2001
Date of birthJanuary 7, 1973
Place of birthUkiah, CA
ReligionThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Shawn Lindsay is a former Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 30 from 2011 to 2013.


Lindsay earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1997 and his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law in 2001. His professional experience includes working as an attorney that specializes in intellectual property, e-commerce and business.

Committee assignments


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

  • Higher Education Subcommittee
  • Redistricting, Co-Chair
  • Transportation


Campaign themes


Lindsay's campaign website listed three main issues with several policy proposals:

  • Jobs & Economic Growth:
1. "I will work to eliminate taxes on severance payments if laid off workers invest their severance payments in an Oregon business idea."
2. "Oregon has the highest capital gains tax in the nation at 11%. I recognize that we must lower this rate to bring Oregon more in line with rates in other states that will prove more attractive to private investment and job growth"
3. "We need to get Oregonians working again. An effective way of doing this is to provide tax credits to businesses – particularly small businesses – that hire workers off unemployment."
4. "I will help local employers create new jobs by allowing them to defer state taxes on new jobs until the economy rebounds. This will create a powerful incentive to create jobs immediately."

Lindsay discusses the redistricting process after the 2010 census.
  • Fiscal Discipline:
1. "Oregon should dedicate two percent of general fund revenue each biennium into the Rainy Day Fund."
2. "State spending has increased at a rate faster than families can afford. To better control government spending increases, the state should cap spending increases at population growth/consumer price index growth. It should include allowance for rare exceptions with necessary approval."
3. "Every program must be reviewed on a regular basis to determine if it is still needed and no program should go more than four budget cycles without a thoughtful discussion of its merit."
  • Education = Top Financial Responsibility:
1. " will work to make the education budget be one of the first passed and work to enact requirements that it be done by a date certain (e.g., the 81st day of the Legislative session). This will give districts more time to plan their local budgets and will prevent education funding from being used as a political hostage at the end of the legislative session."
2. "We must create ways to allow professionals like engineers, scientists, accountants, and nurses to share their background and wisdom with Oregon students. I will work to create an alternative certification process for educators so that qualified professionals can teach in our local public schools within their field."
3. " I will promote policies like Chalkboard Project’s “CLASS Project” initiative that is showing success in helping students meet or exceed assessment goals in reading and math. By implementing alternative compensation models that reward teachers for success in the classroom, fostering better professional development, and improving performance evaluations we can improve our schools."

Independent Party Questionnaire

Lindsay responded to the Independent Party of Oregon questionnaire.[1] Below are a selection of paraphrased answers, as well as some direct responses.

  • Q: What is your #1 priority?
  • A: "Jobs & Economic Growth...I will also work for new incentives that help local employers create new jobs by allowing them to defer state taxes on new jobs until the economy rebounds."
  • Q: What programs would you cut to make up the budget shortfall?
  • A: "The best way to address the looming deficit is to have a vibrant economy. So the first approach is to establish pro-job-creation policies that support Oregon's entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses. Second, we need sustainable government spending...The Legislature must be disciplined by not overspending during prosperous times and saving for the next downturn. Third, establish cost savings policies that will reduce the cost of government without reducing services to Oregonians..."
  • Q: What is your best idea to promote economic development in Oregon?
  • A: "(1) Create a job creation tax credit for businesses that create new jobs in Oregon; (2) Help small businesses retain employees by allowing them to defer state taxes until the economy improves; (3) Promote tax incentives to laid-off workers for investing their severance pay in starting Oregon businesses."
  • Q: Should the Attorney General and Secretary of State enforce Measure 47 limits on political campaign contributions?
  • A: "The Attorney General and Secretary of State should follow the law as written. They should avoid exercising any authority outside the scope of their employ."
  • Q: Do you favor amending the Oregon Constitution, if ultimately necessary, to allow reasonable limits on campaign contributions in state and local candidate races?
  • A: "No. But I favor transparency in contributions. The ability to contribute to a candidate that you favor is an exercise of Free Speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. Publicly disclosing contributions will help prevent improper contributions..."
  • Q: Do you support "fusion-lite" with multiple parties nominating a candidate?
  • A: "Yes."
  • Q: Do you support regulation to control health care costs and give the Insurance Division greater power to limit unreasonable rate increases and allow citizen participation in cases involving insurance rate hikes?
  • A: "I support free market policies. The free market does a much better job and controlling costs and savings than the government would."
  • Q: Should non-affiliated voters be allowed to vote in the primaries of the major parties?
  • A: "No. However, I believe fusion-voting is one way for non-affiliated voters to have a stronger voice."
  • Q: Should Oregon adopt a nonpartisan commission of retired judges to reapportion its congressional and legislative districts?
  • A: "Yes. The current system allows parties to improperly gerrymander to their favor."
  • Q: What is your best idea for making government in Oregon responsive to the public interest and less consumed with the desires of special interests?
  • A: "The bigger the government, the bigger the special interests. Special interest groups have come about to help people navigate the complex political process. Keeping local issues at local control will help government be more responsive to the public interest."



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lindsay ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Oregon House of Representatives District 30. Lindsay was unopposed in the May 15 Republican primary and was defeated by Joe Gallegos (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Oregon House of Representatives, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Gallegos 49.5% 12,299
     Republican Shawn Lindsay Incumbent 44.7% 11,096
     Libertarian Kyle Markley 5.8% 1,441
Total Votes 24,836


See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lindsay defeated Doug Ainge (D) in the November 2 general election.[5][6]

Oregon State House, District 30
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Shawn Lindsay (R) 12,501
Doug Ainge (D) 10,893

Campaign donors


In 2010, Lindsay raised a total of $394,541 in campaign funds.[7] His top contributors were:

Donor Amount
Promote Oregon Leadership PAC $38,222
Oregon Beer & Wine Distributors Association $27,000
Associated Oregon Industries $25,000
Oregon Victory PAC $25,000


Lindsay and his wife, Amanda, have three daughters -- Grace, Jane and Claire.

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Edwards (D)
Oregon House of Representatives District 30
Succeeded by
Joe Gallegos (D)