Ted Wheeler

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Ted Wheeler
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Oregon Treasurer
In office
March 11, 2010 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 5
PredecessorBen Westlund (D)
Base salary$72,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,306,002
AppointedMarch 2010
Term limits8 years in a 12 year period
Prior offices
Multnomah County Board of Commissioners Chairman
2006 - 2010
High schoolLincoln High School
Bachelor'sStanford University
Master'sColumbia University, Harvard University
Date of birthAugust 31, 1962
Place of birthPortland, OR
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Ted Wheeler (b. August 31, 1962 in Portland, Oregon) is the current Oregon Treasurer. He was first appointed to the position on March 11, 2010 to serve out the unexpired term of former treasurer Ben Westlund, and was elected to a two-year partial term on November 2, 2010.[1] He won re-election in 2012.

A January 2013 article in Governing named Wheeler as one of the top state Democratic officials to watch in 2013.[2]

On February 12, 2015, Wheeler, House President Tina Kotek (D) and Senate President Peter Courtney (D) called on Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) to resign over concerns of ethics violations in his administration. Kitzhaber announced his resignation from office on February 13, 2015, effective on February 18.[3] To learn more about this story, click here.[4][5]


Ted Wheeler was born in Portland, Oregon on August 31, 1962. The town of Wheeler, nestled into Nehalem Bay on the Oregon coast, is named for his great-grandfather. Ted attended Lincoln High School and went on to study at Stanford, Columbia, and Harvard universities.

Before his initial appointment as treasurer, Wheeler worked as a senior manager in the financial services industry with Bank of America and Copper Mountain Trust. In 2006, he was elected chief executive of Multnomah County.[6]


  • Lincoln High School
  • B.A., Economics, Stanford University
  • M.B.A., Columbia University
  • MPP, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Political career

State Treasurer (2010-present)

Wheeler was first appointed to the position on March 11, 2010 to fill the vacancy left by former treasurer Ben Westlund. He was officially elected to a partial term on November 2, 2010.[7] He faces re-election in 2012.



See also: Oregon down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Wheeler won re-election as Oregon State Treasurer in 2012. He was unopposed in the May 15 primary defeated four challengers in the general election on November 6, 2012: Republican Tom Cox, John Mahler (Libertarian), Cameron Whitten (Progressive), and Michael Paul Marsh (Constitution).[8][9]

Oregon Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed Wheeler Incumbent 57.9% 955,213
     Republican Tom Cox 37% 609,989
     Progressive Cameron Whitten 2.4% 38,762
     Libertarian John Mahler 1.8% 30,002
     Constitution Michael Paul Marsh 0.9% 15,415
Total Votes 1,649,381
Election Results via Oregon Secretary of State.

Oregon Treasurer Democratic Primary[10], 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Wheeler 99.5% 265,213
Write-ins 0.5% 1,269
Total Votes 266,482


Wheeler was first appointed treasurer in 2010 to fill the remainder of an unexpired term, and was elected to a partial term in 2010. He faced re-election for a full, four-year term in 2012.

On November 2, 2010, Ted Wheeler won re-election to the office of Oregon Treasurer. He defeated Chris Telfer (R), Walter F. (Walt) Brown (P) and Michael Marsh (C) in the general election.

Oregon Treasurer, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed Wheeler Incumbent 52.9% 721,795
     Republican Chris Telfer 41.9% 571,105
     Progressive Walter F. (Walt) Brown 2.8% 38,316
     Constitution Michael Marsh 2.2% 30,489
     Misc. Various 0.1% 1,738
Total Votes 1,363,443
Election Results Via: Oregon Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wheeler is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Wheeler raised a total of $1,306,002 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 18, 2013.[11]

Ted Wheeler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oregon Treasurer Won $518,252
2010 Oregon Treasurer Won $787,750
Grand Total Raised $1,306,002


Wheeler won re-election to the position of Oregon Treasurer in 2012. During that election cycle, Wheeler raised a total of $518,252.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Ted Wheeler's donors each year.[12] Click [show] for more information.

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Wheeler is an Eagle Scout and volunteered with the Neighborhood House, Portland Mountain Rescue, the Boy Scouts of America, the Oregon Sports Authority and the Goose Hollow Family Shelter. He founded Walk for the Wildwood and was a founding member of the Heron Point Wetlands Rehabilitation Project. He and his wide, Katrina, live in Southwest Portland with their daughter.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Westlund (D)
Oregon State Treasurer
March 2010–present
Succeeded by