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John Kitzhaber

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John Kitzhaber
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Governor of Oregon
In office
1995-2003, 2011 - Present
Years in position (current service)4
Years in position (previous service)8
Prior offices
Governor of Oregon
January 9, 1995 – January 13, 2003
Date of birthMarch 5, 1947
Office website
John Albert Kitzhaber (b. March 5, 1947 in Colfax, Washington) is the current Governor of Oregon. He served as governor previously, from 1995-2003.[1]


Originally from Colfax, Washington, John Kitzhaber moved to Oregon when he was 11 and has lived in the state ever since. He graduated from South Eugene High School in 1965, Dartmouth College in 1969, and Oregon Health & Science University with a medical degree in 1973.[1]

Beginning in 1974, Kitzhaber practiced in rural Roseburg, Oregon as an emergency physician. This led to his interest in health care policy, and his first run for public office.

Kitzhaber serves, or has previously served, in several roles outside his duties as governor, including, but not limited to:

  • Director, Center for Evidence Based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University
  • endowed chair in health care policy, The Foundation for Medical Excellence
  • President, Estes Park Institute
  • Founder, Archimedes Movement


  • Oregon Health & Science University, M.D., 1973
  • Dartmouth College, 1968
  • South Eugene High School, 1965

Political Career

Governor of Oregon 1995-2003, 2011-present

Upon leaving the Senate, Kitzhaber ran for and was elected governor in 1994; in his first term he passed the Oregon Childrens' Plan. He went on to win re-election and served until 2003. Oregon's term limits law do not limit the total number of terms one person may serve but they do limit an individual to two consecutive terms.

Following the end of second term, Kitzhaber returned to the medical field and became involved with several non-profits and educational groups. Much of his work has been directed at increasing government funding of and involvement in medical care. He did not have the same success in lobbying for health care legislation he had known as Senate President and as Governor. In 2009, he announced he would seek a third term in office.

State Senate 1980-1993

Following a single term in the lower House, John was elected to the first of what became three Senate terms. During his legislative tenure, he was elected Senate President in 1985 and used his position to draft and pass the Oregon Health Plan.

State House of Representatives 1978-1980

Kitzhaber made his first bid for elected office in 1978 when he campaigned successfully for a seat on the Oregon House of Representatives.



See also: Oregon gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010
  • General Election

Kitzhaber faced Chris Dudley (R), Wes W. Wagner (L), and Gregory E. Kord (C) in the general election on November 2, 2010. [2]

2010 Oregon gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda John Kitzhaber 49.29%
     Republican Party Chris Dudley 47.76%
     Libertarian Party Wes Wagner 1.31%
     Constitution Party Gregory E. Kord 1.41%
     Other write-ins 0.22%
Total Votes 1,453,548


2010 Race for Governor - Democrat Primary [3]
Candidates Percentage
Bill Bradbury (D) 29.46%
Green check mark.jpg John Kitzhaber (D) 64.78%
Roger Obrist (D) 4.29%
(write-in) 1.47%
Total votes 374,404

Campaign donors

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 John Kitzhaber's donors each year.[4] Click [show] for more information.


From 1993 to 2003, Kitzhaber was married to Sharon LaCroix. Their divorce was finalized shortly after the end of his second gubernatorial term. They have one son, Logan.[5]

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