Peter Courtney

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Peter Courtney
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Oregon State Senate District 11
Incumbent
In office
1999-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
President, Oregon State Senate
2003-present
Compensation
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1998
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oregon State House of Representatives
1981-1983, 1989-1998
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Rhode Island, 1965
Master'sUniversity of Rhode Island, 1966
J.D.Boston University, 1969
Personal
BirthdayJune 18, 1943
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Peter Courtney (b. June 18, 1943) is a Democratic member of the Oregon State Senate, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998. He has served as Senate President since 2003.

Courtney served as Councilman for Salem City Council from 1974 to 1980. He served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1981 to 1983, and from 1989 to 1998. During this time he served as House Democratic Leader.

Biography

Courtney earned his B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in 1965, his M.P.A. from the University of Rhode Island in 1966 and his J.D. from Boston University in 1969. His professional experience includes working as a professor for Western Oregon University, and as a political commentator for KPTV-12 Portland/KSLM Radio Salem.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2013
Veterans and Emergency Preparedness

2011-2012

2009-2010

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Courtney's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Peter will continue to fight for:

  • Excerpt: "Family wage jobs across Oregon."
  • Excerpt: "Affordable health care for Oregonians, including kids and seniors.
  • Excerpt: "Stable and adequate funding for schools, including head start, K-12, and higher education."
  • Excerpt: "Safer communities for our families."
  • Excerpt: "Making state government more accountable, efficient, and effective, finding ways to get more out of our tax dollars."
  • Excerpt: "Clean water and protecting the Willamette River."

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2014

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 Peter Courtney was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Patricia Milne defeated Tom Chereck, Jr. in the Republican primary. Courtney also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Courtney defeated Milne in the general election.[3][4]

Oregon State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Courtney Incumbent 54.4% 15,480
     Republican Patricia Milne 45.6% 12,983
Total Votes 28,463
Source: Oregon Secretary of State

2010

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2010

Courtney won re-election to the Oregon State Senate against Michael Forest (R).[5] Courtney was unopposed in the primary election on May 18, 2010.[6] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Oregon State Senate, District 11 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Courtney (D) 14,883
Michael Forest (R) 12,280

2006

See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Courtney was re-elected to District 11 in the Oregon State Senate, defeating Jared Thatcher (R) and Keith Humphrey (C).[7][8] Courtney raised $405,690 for his campaign, while Thatcher raised $52,661 and Humphrey did not raise any money.[9]

Oregon State Senate, District 11 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Courtney (D) 15,593
Jared Thatcher (R) 10,814
Keith Humphrey (C) 767

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Peter Courtney is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, Peter Courtney raised a total of $2,330,247 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[10]

Peter Courtney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oregon State Senate, District 11 Not up for election $375,928
2010 Oregon State Senate, District 11 Won $454,510
2008 Oregon State Senate, District 11 Not up for election $282,317
2006 Oregon State Senate, District 11 Won $406,440
2004 Oregon State Senate, District 11 Not up for election $137,019
2002 Oregon State Senate, District 11 Won $294,329
1998 Oregon State Senate, District 17 Won $153,893
1996 Oregon State House, District 33 Won $14,415
1994 Oregon State House, District 33 Won $105,831
1992 Oregon State House, District 33 Won $78,497
1990 Oregon State House, District 33 Won $27,068
Grand Total Raised $2,330,247

2012

Peter Courtney was not up for election to the Oregon State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Peter Courtney raised a total of $375,928.
Oregon State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peter Courtney's campaign in 2012
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association$25,000
Kitzhaber 2010$25,000
Oregon Healthcare Association$22,000
Service Employees Local 530$15,000
Oregon Medical Association$11,000
Total Raised in 2012$375,928
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Peter Courtney won re-election to the Oregon State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Peter Courtney raised a total of $454,510.

2008

Peter Courtney was not up for election to the Oregon State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Peter Courtney raised a total of $282,317.

2006

Peter Courtney won re-election to the Oregon State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Peter Courtney raised a total of $406,440.

2004

Peter Courtney was not up for election to the Oregon State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Peter Courtney raised a total of $137,019.

2002

Peter Courtney won election to the Oregon State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Peter Courtney raised a total of $294,329.

1998

Peter Courtney won election to the Oregon State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Peter Courtney raised a total of $153,893.

1996

Peter Courtney won re-election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Peter Courtney raised a total of $14,415.

1994

Peter Courtney won re-election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1994. During that election cycle, Peter Courtney raised a total of $105,831.

1992

Peter Courtney won re-election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1992. During that election cycle, Peter Courtney raised a total of $78,497.

1990

Peter Courtney won election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1990. During that election cycle, Peter Courtney raised a total of $27,068.

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.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Courtney's endorsements included the following:[11]

  • Oregon Business Association
  • Oregon Education Association
  • Stand for Children
  • Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance
  • Oregon League of Conservation Voters

  • Oregon Nurses Association
  • Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC
  • Oregon State Fire Fighters Council
  • UFCW Local 555
  • SEIU 49
  • AFSCME

Personal

Courtney and his wife, Margie, have three children.[1]

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Preceded by
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Oregon State Senate District 11
1998–present
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