Starr served on the Hillsboro, Oregon Street Committee, Budget Committee, and City Council from 1995 to 1998. He served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1999-2003. Starr worked as Legislative Assistant for State Representative Charles Starr from 1993 to 1998.
Starr earned his B.S. from Portland State University in 1991. His professional experience includes working as a Business Development Manager and small business owner.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Starr served on the following committees:
Oregon Capital News sat down with Starr to get his thoughts on the environment, education, and the budget.
Starr is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states, the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.
TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.
Since it is officially a nonpartisan position, at the beginning of the campaign season the candidates for Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries assumed the election would take place on May 15, 2012, during the state's primary election. Election officials, however, said a 2009 law passed by the legislature requires the election to take place in November. Current Commissioner Brad Avakian stated, "We thought the election was in May. My opponent thought the election was in May. Everybody thought the election was in May. It seems clear now that's not the case."
In mid-March, Sen. Starr sought a temporary restraining order that would have forced the Secretary of State to put the labor commission race on the May 15 ballot. Circuit Court Judge Steven Price rejected the move, saying Starr couldn't show he would be likely to win on the legal merits of the case. Adding to the confusion, the election is for a two year term, but only for this election. Andrea Cantu-Schomus, spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office, explained this move was intended to set up a standard where each election includes some statewide offices.
Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries General Election, 2012
On November 7, 2006, Starr was re-elected to District 15 in the Oregon State Senate, defeating John Napolitano (D). Starr raised $144,889 for his campaign, while Napolitano raised $3,520.
Oregon State Senate, District 15 (2006)
Bruce Starr (R)
John Napolitano (D)
Comprehensive donor information for Bruce Starr is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Bruce Starr raised a total of $1,958,725 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.
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