|Candidate for Governor of Oregon
Prior to entering the Oregon gubernatorial race, Chris Dudley was best known as an NBA center, whose 16 year career spanned 866 games and five teams. He had played basketball both in high school in California and for Yale's team.
In 2003, Dudley retired from the NBA as a Portland Trailblazer and remained in Oregon. Himself diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in childhood, he founded the Chris Dudley Foundation to work with diabetic children. During his playing career, he had donated $300,000 to pay the college tuition costs of a entire 4th grade class at Vernon Elementary School in Portland. With his Foundation, he has volunteered as an assistant boys basketball coach with Lake Oswego High School.
Dudley has been vice-president of M Financial Wealth Management since 2006 and a partner with Filagree Associates, also a wealth management firm, since 2008.
In addition to his Foundation and his company, Chris Dudley is an author, writing the childrens' book "Chris Dreams BIG" in 2006. He has also been involved with fundraising for Oregon Health Science University's Circle of Giving.
Republican party officials in Oregon initially encouraged Chris to consider a Congressional run but his preference was to spend more time in-state, leading to his gubernatorial bid. He won the GOP primary with 40% of the vote.
He has three children with his wife, also named Chris; the family makes its home in Lake Oswego. The Dudley's have been married 13 years and belong to Lake Grove Presbyterian Church.
- Yale University, B.A., 1987
- Torrey Pines High School
- J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
- USA Today’s Most Caring Athlete Award
- Freedom Corp Award.
The Chris Dudley Foundation
Chris Dudley was diagnosed with diabetes at 16. In 1994 he founded the Chris Dudley foundation for people with diabetes and their friends and family. The foundation describes its mission is to be "a resource and a clearinghouse for kids, teens, young adults & adults with diabetes and the people who share their lives."
Dudley played in the NBA for sixteen years, from 1987 to 2003, for several teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers. His career began when drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth round in 1987. He was traded to the Nets in 1990. He signed with the Trail Blazers as a free agent in 1993, prompting a contract dispute which was later resolved. That same season Dudley was traded to the Knicks. He finished his career playing once more with the Portland Trail Blazers. Dudley was the winner of the NBA's 1995-96 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.
- Chris Dudley for Governor campaign site
- Project Vote Smart biography
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- Chris Dudley on YouTube
- Chris Dudley on Flickr