Alan Bates

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Alan Bates
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Oregon State Senate District 3
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2019
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oregon State House of Representatives
2001-2005
Education
Bachelor'sCentral Washington State University, 1969
OtherDO, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, 1973
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1965-1967
Personal
Date of birthMarch 17, 1945
Place of birthSeattle, WA
ProfessionPhysician
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Alan C. Bates (b. March 17, 1945) is a Democratic member of the Oregon State Senate, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004. He previously served as Deputy Majority Leader and as Majority Whip.
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This candidate ran in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

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.
Bates used to be Chairman of the Health Services Commission. He was also a member of the Eagle Point School Board. He served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2000 to 2005.

Biography

Bates earned his B.A. from Central Washington State University in 1969, and his D.O. from the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City in 1973. His professional experience includes serving as Chief of Medicine for Providence Medical Center RVMC and working for the Parke Davis and Company. Bates served in the United State Army from 1965 to 1967.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment and Natural Resources
Ways and Means

2011-2012

2009-2010

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Bates' campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Demanding Accountability and Transparency

  • Excerpt: "Oregonians deserve to know what is happening in our government. And to that end, I’ve been a long-time supporter of campaign finance reform designed to track where the money goes and make our system more transparent."

Fighting for Seniors

  • Excerpt: "It’s important that we do all we can to help seniors live independently in their own homes for as long as possible, and to do that we need to provide them with access to the proper care; it just makes sense financially for our state and morally for our seniors. That’s why I have been a strong supporter of Project Independence."

Working for Better Health Care

  • Excerpt: "As the only physician in the Oregon Senate, I’ll keep using my experience on the frontlines to push for new ways to improve our health care system."

Protecting the Environment

  • Excerpt: "We owe to our children and grandchildren to protect these waterways. That’s why I’ve pushed hard to improve regulation of recreational mining in our rivers using a motorized dredge. The new common-sense restrictions have provided greater protection for the salmon habitat and reproducing bull trout."

Investing in our Schools

  • Excerpt: "I supported the largest investment ever made in Oregon’s public schools and increased funding by over $1 billion for grades K-12 to enable school districts to avoid further cuts of school days and teacher positions."

Creating Jobs

  • Excerpt: "I’ve supported increasing access to capital for small businesses so they can grow and create more jobs. I’ll keep working to find ways for entrepreneurs to start a business and thrive in Oregon."

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2014
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Elections for the office of Oregon State Senate 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 Alan Bates was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Dave Dotterrer was unopposed in the Republican primary. Dotterrer also ran on the Libertarian party and Independent tickets and Bates also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Art H. Krueger ran as a Pacific Green Party candidate. Bates defeated Dotterrer and Krueger in the general election.[3][4]

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 3 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 Alan Bates (D) won the Senate seat in District 3 by only 275 votes in 2010 in a recount against Dave Dotterrer (R). That victory by Bates helped the Democratic Party achieve a slim majority (16-14) in the State Senate (the chamber would have been evenly divided had Dotterrer defeated Bates).[5]

Oregon State Senate District 3, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Bates Incumbent 51.9% 27,678
     Republican Dave Dotterrer 44.4% 23,700
     Green Art H. Krueger 3.6% 1,917
     None Miscellaneous 0.1% 69
Total Votes 53,364

2010

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2010

Bates won re-election to Oregon State Senate against challenger Dave Dotterrer (R).[6] Although Dotterrer requested and received a recount, Bates retained his lead. Bates was unopposed in the Democratic primary election on May 18, 2010.[7] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Oregon State Senate, District 3 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Alan Bates (D) 24,550
Dave Dotterrer (R) 24,275

2006

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Bates was re-elected to the 3rd District Seat in the Oregon State Senate, besting Lynn Aiello (R).[8][9] Bates raised $147,401 for his campaign, while Aiello raised $13,496.[10]

Oregon State Senate, District 3 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Alan Bates (D) 30,552
Lynn Aiello (R) 17,321

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Alan Bates is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Alan Bates raised a total of $1,591,040 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[11]

Alan Bates's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oregon State Senate, District 3 Not up for election $151,250
2010 Oregon State Senate, District 3 Won $426,360
2008 Oregon State Senate, District 3 Not up for election $92,684
2006 Oregon State Senate, District 3 Won $148,901
2004 Oregon State Senate, District 3 Won $517,909
2002 Oregon State House, District 5 Won $81,699
2000 Oregon State House, District 52 Won $172,237
Grand Total Raised $1,591,040

2012

Alan Bates was not up for election to the Oregon State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Alan Bates raised a total of $151,250.
Oregon State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Alan Bates's campaign in 2012
Mid Rogue Management Services$24,620
Doctors for Healthy Communities$19,475
Douglas County Physicians Association$15,475
Low Income Dental PAC$13,500
Coalition for a Healthy Oregon$9,841
Total Raised in 2012$151,250
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Alan Bates won re-election to the Oregon State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Alan Bates raised a total of $426,360.

2008

Alan Bates was not up for election to the Oregon State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Alan Bates raised a total of $92,684.

2006

Alan Bates won re-election to the Oregon State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Alan Bates raised a total of $148,901.

2004

Alan Bates won election to the Oregon State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Alan Bates raised a total of $517,909.

2002

Alan Bates won election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Alan Bates raised a total of $81,699.

2000

Alan Bates won election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Alan Bates raised a total of $172,237.

Scorecards

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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.
  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to the business community.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to civil liberties.
  • Legislators are scored based on their record in advocating for and advancing Oregon's public schools.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to Oregon's public schools.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to conservation.
  • 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.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills pertaining to animals.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to civil liberties.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to Oregon's public schools.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to conservation.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for issues that are important to to specific locals or to Council 75 as a whole.

Personal

Bates and his wife, Laurie, have five children.[1]

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Oregon State Senate District 3
2005–present
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