|Oregon State Senate District 8|
|October 2012 - 2015|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Oregon House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Washington State University, Central Washington University|
|Master's||Oregon State University|
|Date of birth||05/04/1950|
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.
She previously served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1999-2005.
Close earned her B.A. from Washington State University in 1972, her B.A. from Central Washington University in 1974 and her M.S. from Oregon State University in 1978. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Close served on the following committees:
|Oregon Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Rural Communities and Economic Development|
Close's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
Jobs and the Economy
- Excerpt: "To help support family-wage jobs, Senator Close has championed: New, lower tax rates for small businesses that give them the same competitive advantages enjoyed by big corporations."
- Excerpt: "The increase the quality and accessible of education in Oregon, Senator Close has championed: More classroom teachers to address Oregon’s dangerously large class sizes Longer school years, adding back to instruction time after years of cut-backs."
- Excerpt: "In the pursuit of a safer, more secure Oregon, Senator Close: Cracked down on human trafficking by sponsoring Senate Bill 673 with Democrat Senator Betsy Johnson Supported increased mental health funding to help troubled people and to keep our communities safe."
- See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2014
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 8 in the Senate was identified by Ballotpedia and The Oregonian as a battleground district that could determine control of the Oregon State Senate. Incumbent Betsy Close (R) was defeated by Rep. Sara Gelser (D-16) in the general election. Close, from conservative Albany, was appointed to the chamber to replace Frank Morse (R), a more moderate Republican who retired. Gelser has served in the House for four terms, representing the liberal college town of Corvallis. Before the general election, Gelser had raised $630,000, compared to $408,000 for Close. Gelser received more than $160,000 from the Senate Democratic campaign fund as well as donations from several union organizations.
|Oregon State Senate District 8, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Sara A. Gelser||55.7%||27,828|
|Republican||Betsy L. Close Incumbent||43.8%||21,922|
Comprehensive donor information for Betsy Close is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Betsy Close raised a total of $509,748 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.
|Betsy Close's Campaign Contribution History|
|2004||Oregon Secretary of State||$105,887|
|2002||Oregon State House, District 15||$173,856|
|2000||Oregon State House, District 36||$96,840|
|1998||Oregon State House, District 36||$133,165|
|Grand Total Raised||$509,748|
2004Betsy Close lost the election for the Oregon Secretary of State in 2004. During that election cycle, Betsy Close raised a total of $105,887.
|Oregon Secretary of State 2004 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Betsy Close's campaign in 2004|
|Linn County Republican Central Cmte||$4,500|
|Oregon Republican Party||$4,018|
|Highway Specialties LLC||$4,000|
|Chiropractic Association Of Oregon||$3,387|
|KT Contracting CO||$2,884|
|Total Raised in 2004||$105,887|
|Source: Follow the Money|
2002Betsy Close won election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Betsy Close raised a total of $173,856.
|Oregon House of Representatives 2002 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Betsy Close's campaign in 2002|
|Crown Pacific Partners||$9,705|
|Oregon House Republicans||$8,100|
|Oregon Associated Builders & Contractors||$7,000|
|Oregon Restaurant Association||$7,000|
|Total Raised in 2002||$173,856|
|Source: Follow the Money|
2000Betsy Close won re-election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Betsy Close raised a total of $96,840.
|Oregon House of Representatives 2000 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Betsy Close's campaign in 2000|
|Oregon House Republicans||$9,850|
|Oregon Forest Industries Council||$6,000|
|Associated Oregon Industries||$3,500|
|Oregon Auto Dealers Association||$3,470|
|Oregon Associated Builders & Contractors||$3,000|
|Total Raised in 2000||$96,840|
|Source: Follow the Money|
1998Betsy Close won election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Betsy Close raised a total of $133,165.
|Oregon House of Representatives 1998 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Betsy Close's campaign in 1998|
|Oregon Victory PAC||$30,000|
|National Republican Congressional Cmte||$10,000|
|Oregon Auto Dealers Association||$6,500|
|Oregon Restaurant Association||$6,500|
|Total Raised in 1998||$133,165|
|Source: Follow the Money|
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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.
- Oregon Farm Bureau: 2013 Senate Votes
- Oregon Farm Bureau: 2013 House Votes
- Oregon Farm Bureau: 2014 State Legislative Summary
- Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills that impacted the businesses of family farmers and ranchers.
- American Federation of Teachers-Oregon: 2013 Scorecard
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- Associated Oregon Industries: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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- American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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- Oregon Education Association: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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- Stand for Children-Oregon: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to Oregon's public schools.
- Oregon League of Conservation Voters: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to conservation.
- Oregon AFSCME: 2013 Report Card on the Oregon Legislature
- Senators were scored on 14 key bills, while Representatives were graded on 17 bills.
In 2014, Close's endorsements included the following:
Close and her husband, Chris, have four children.
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- Official campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Betsy Close on Facebook
- Betsy Close on Twitter
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions via Follow the Money
- Watchdog.org, "OR: Former lawmaker comes back to Salem to fill vacated seat," accessed October 12, 2012
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Sen. Close," accessed May 23, 2014
- Betsy Close, "Issues," accessed August 27, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Official Results - May 20, 2014 Primary Election," accessed July 8, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Candidate Filing," accessed March 15, 2014
- Daily Journal, "Control of Oregon Legislature will come down to a handful of Senate districts," accessed October 28, 2014
- Oregon Live, "Oregon state Senate races top $1 million mark in furious battle for control of chamber," accessed October 28, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Close, Betsy," accessed July 18, 2013
- Betsy Close, "Endorsements," accessed August 27, 2014
Frank Morse (R)
|Oregon State Senate District 8
| Succeeded by|
Sara Gelser (D)