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Brad Avakian

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Brad Avakian
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Oregon Commissioner of Labor
In office
April 8, 2008 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 6
PredecessorDan Gardner
Base salary$72,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,894,812
AppointedApril 8, 2008
Appointed byGov. Ted Kulongoski
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oregon State Senate
Oregon House of Representatives
High schoolAloha High School
Bachelor'sOregon State University (1984)
J.D.Lewis And Clark Law School (1990)
BirthdayFebruary 4, 1961
Place of birthFresno, California
Office website
Campaign website
Brad Avakian (b. February 4, 1961) is the current Oregon Commissioner of Labor. He was first appointed to the office by Governor Ted Kulongoski on April 8 2008, following the resignation of Dan Gardner. He was elected to a full term in office on November 4, 2008. While the office is officially non-partisan, Avakian is a Democrat. He won re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]


Following his graduation from law school, Avakian became a civil rights attorney. He co-founded the Oregon League of Conservation Voters’ Washington County Chapter and was appointed to lead the State Board of Psychologist Examiners. He served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008, and in the Oregon State Senate from 2006 to 2008.[2]


  • Aloha High School
  • Bachelor's degree from Oregon State University (1984)
  • Juris Doctorate from Lewis And Clark Law School (1990)

Political career

Oregon Commissioner of Labor (2008-present)

Avakian was first appointed Oregon's commissioner of labor and industries by Governor Ted Kulongoski on April 8 2008, following the resignation of Dan Gardner. He was elected to a full term in office on November 4, 2008. While the office is officially non-partisan, Avakian is a Democrat. He won re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Oregon State Senate (2006-2008)

Oregon House of Representatives (2002-2006)



See also: Oregon down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Avakian ran successfully for re-election in 2012. He defeated one challenger, Republican State Senator Bruce Starr, in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Since it is officially a non-partisan 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 required the election to take place in November. Commissioner 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."[5]

In mid-March, Avakian's opponent, Sen. Bruce Starr, sought a temporary restraining order that would have forced the Secretary of State to put the labor commissioner 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.[6] Adding to the confusion, the election was 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.[5]

Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Non-partisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Avakian* (D) Incumbent 52.5% 681,987
     Non-partisan Bruce Starr* (R) 46.7% 606,735
     Non-partisan Write-in 0.7% 9,616
Total Votes 1,298,338
Election Results via Oregon Secretary of State.


Avakian ran for the U.S. House seat vacated by David Wu. Avakian lost to Suzanne Bonamici in the Democratic primary.[7] [8]


Avakian won election in the November 4, 2008 election, defeating candidates Pavel Goberman and Mark Welyczko. The office is non-partisan.[9]

Oregon Commissioner of Labor (2008)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Brad Avakian 690,000
Pavel Goberman 184,919
Mark Welyczko 135,666
Misc. 16,056

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Avakian is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Avakian raised a total of $1,894,812 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 13, 2013.[10]

Brad Avakian's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 OR Labor Commissioner Won $858,519
2010 OR Labor Commissioner Not up for election $25,904
2008 OR Labor Commissioner Won $377,514
2006 OR State Senate Won $214,540
2004 OR House of Representatives Won $55,024
2002 OR House of Representatives Won $225,286
1998 OR State Senate Defeated $138,025
Grand Total Raised $1,894,812


Avakian won re-election to the position of Oregon Labor Commissioner in 2012. During that election cycle, Avakian raised a total of $858,519.


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 Brad Avakian's donors each year.[11] Click [show] for more information.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Gardner
Oregon Commissioner of Labor
Succeeded by