Chris Gorsek

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Chris Gorsek
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Oregon House of Representatives District 49
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$21,936/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Troutdale City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oregon
Master'sUniversity of Oregon
Ph.D.Portland State University
Date of birth01/28/1958
ProfessionPolice officer/Mt. Hood Community College professor
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Chris Gorsek (b. January 28, 1958) is a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 49. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Gorsek earned a B.S. from the University of Oregon in 1989, a MA from the University of Oregon in 1992, and a Phd-ABD in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 1998. His professional experience includes being the Director of the Senior Adult Learning Center at Portland State University, serving as the Dean/Instructor at Mount Hood Community College from 1997-2000, and as a Police officer for the Portland Police Bureau from 1980-1987.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education and Workforce Development
Transportation and Economic Development, Vice Chair



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gorsek won election in the 2012 election for Oregon House District 49. Gorsek was unopposed in the May 15 Democratic primary and defeated incumbent Matthew Wand (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Oregon House of Representatives, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Gorsek 54.4% 11,459
     Republican Matthew Wand Incumbent 45.6% 9,602
Total Votes 21,061

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gorsek is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gorsek raised a total of $652,258 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 14, 2013.[4]

Chris Gorsek's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oregon State House, District 49 Won $557,459
2000 Oregon State Senate, District 11 Defeated $94,799
Grand Total Raised $652,258


Gorsek won election to the Oregon State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Gorsek raised a total of $557,459.
Oregon State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chris Gorsek's campaign in 2012
Building Trades PAC$170,989
Oregon Education Association$91,726
Service Employees Local 530$89,243
Oregon Democratic Party$74,367
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association$20,000
Total Raised in 2012$557,459
Source: Follow the Money


Gorsek lost the election for the Oregon State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Gorsek raised a total of $94,799.


Gorsek and his wife, Jackie, have two children.

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Preceded by
Matthew Wand (R)
Oregon House of Representatives - District 49
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