Chuck Riley

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Chuck Riley
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Oregon State Senate, District 15
Member-elect
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oregon House of Representatives, District 29
2005 - 2011
Personal
ProfessionCriminal Justice Educator
Websites
Campaign website
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Chuck Riley (b. 1939) is a Democratic member-elect of the Oregon State Senate, representing District 15.
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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.

Riley is a former Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 29 from 2005 to 2011. Riley announced his bid for Oregon State Senate District 15 in 2010. His wife, Katie Riley, ran for his vacated seat in 2010.[1] She was defeated by Katie Brewer (R).

Biography

Riley has been a System Analyst/Project manager for Santa Barbara county, Blackwell North American, Blue Cross of Oregon, Southern Illinois University and First Interstate Bank-Oregon. In addition, he was a programmer for Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Riley was also owner/consultant of Chuck Riley Computer Consulting. Riley attended Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois.[2]

Committee assignments

Prior to leaving the Oregon House of Representatives, Riley served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Riley's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[3]

Getting Serious About Investing In Education and Reducing Class Sizes

  • Excerpt: "As your State Senator, I will make education funding my top priority so that we stabilize funding for Oregon schools, shrink class sizes, and stop teacher layoffs."

Access to Job Training and College Affordability

  • Excerpt: "Chuck Riley will work to expand access to job training programs that help Oregonians learn the skills they need to get family-wage jobs."

Creating Jobs and Improving Our Economy

  • Excerpt: "Chuck Riley knows it takes a lot of hard work for a small business to succeed. He will fight for small businesses by cutting red tape and expanding access to loans and financial support. Chuck’s jobs plan will help small businesses grow and hire new employees, which is the key to improving our economy."

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. Chuck Riley was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Bruce Starr was unopposed in the Republican primary. Riley also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Caitlin Mitchel-Markley ran on the Libertarian ticket. Riley defeated Starr and Mitchel-Markley in the general election.[4][5]

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 15 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 Bruce Starr (R) was defeated by former state representative Chuck Riley (D) in the general election. In 2010, Starr defeated Riley by less than 2,000 votes. Campaign finance reports showed that Starr received over $550,000 and Riley raised over $400,000 in donations before the general election.[6]

Oregon State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChuck Riley 45.8% 18,152
     Republican Bruce Starr Incumbent 45.1% 17,869
     Libertarian Caitlin Mitchel-Markley 9.1% 3,592
Total Votes 39,613
Source: Oregon Secretary of State; as of November 18, 2014

2010

See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2010

Riley did not run for re-election to the 29th District seat in 2010. Instead, he ran for state senate to District 15. Riley defeated Travis Comfort in the June 8 Democratic primary. Riley was defeated by incumbent Bruce Starr (R) in the general election on November 2.[7][8]

Oregon State Senate, District 15 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Starr (R) 21,382
Chuck Riley (D) 19,533

2008

See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Riley won re-election to Oregon State House District 29.[9][10]

Oregon State House District 29
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Chuck Riley (D) 11,191
Rilling (R) 7,321
Misc. 146

Campaign donors

In 2008, Riley collected $95,417 in donations.[11]

These were the largest contributions in 2008.

Donor Amount
OREGON HOUSE DEMOCRATS $7,654
OREGON PUBLIC EMPLOYEES LOCAL 503 $5,089
COALITION FOR A HEALTHY OREGON $4,000
OREGON EDUCATION ASSOCIATION $3,839
OREGON TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION $3,000
OREGON BUS PROJECT $2,828

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Riley's endorsements included the following:[12]

  • AFSCME Council 75
  • American Federation of Teachers - Oregon
  • Basic Rights Oregon
  • Oregon Education Association
  • Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals
  • Oregon League of Conservation Voters

  • Oregon School Employees Association
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon
  • Service Employees International Union Local 503
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555

Personal

Riley and his wife, Katie, and have four children.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Oregon House of Representatives - District 29
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Katie Brewer (R)