|Governor of Oregon|
|1995-2003, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position (current service)||2|
|Years in position (previous service)||8|
|Governor of Oregon|
|January 9, 1995 – January 13, 2003|
|Birthday||March 5, 1947|
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.
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
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 his 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. He was elected in elected to an "unprecedented" third term as Governor in 2010.
Kitzhaber believes that Oregon's death penalty laws are "compromised and inequitable," and he favors giving murderers life sentences without possibility for parole. When he first took office in 1995, he pledged not to allow any executions to be administered while he was governor, but during his first term, two prisoners were voluntarily executed. In December 2011, now his third term as governor, Kitzhaber, determined to recommit to his initial pledge, issued an order to delay the execution of twice-convicted murderer Gary Haugen. Haugen rejected the reprieve and brought the matter to court. In August, 2012, Circuit Court Senior Judgepedia:Judge Timothy Alexander ruled that Haugen was not obligated to accept Kitzhaber's pardon, due partially to its impermanence; the reprieve would only remain in effect for as long as Kitzhaber held the office. Oregon has twice outlawed the death penalty twice legalized it, most recently in 1984. In pushing this case, the governor sought to provoke a "public re-evaluation" about the death penalty, which could lead to voters initiating a ballot measure for its repeal, but the case had the unintended consequence of probing the boundaries of the governor's authority. Judge Alexander's ruling lays down limits to the governor's power over the fates of condemned prisoners, limits with which Kitzhaber and his lawyers disagree. The governor is expected to appeal the case to a higher court.
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.
- General Election
|2010 Oregon gubernatorial general election|
|Democratic Party||John Kitzhaber||49.29%|
|Republican Party||Chris Dudley||47.76%|
|Libertarian Party||Wes Wagner||1.31%|
|Constitution Party||Gregory E. Kord||1.41%|
|2010 Race for Governor - Democrat Primary |
|Bill Bradbury (D)||29.46%|
|John Kitzhaber (D)||64.78%|
|Roger Obrist (D)||4.29%|
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. Click [show] for more information.
|John Kitzhaber's Campaign Contributions|
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|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$10,489,552 (Republican)|
$4,168 (Pacific Party)
$248,559 (American Party)
$1,550 (2nd American Party candidate)
|Top 5 contributors||Democratic Governors Association||$1,170,087||Carpenters Legislative Activities Selective Support||$95,000||Oregon Public Employees||$65,300|
|Oregon Democratic Party||$259,171||Oregon Education Association||$34,901||Oregon Education Association||$62,960|
|Who is Chris Dudley Committee||$250,000||Oregon Laborers||$30,000||Philip and Pat Knight||$50,200|
|Oregon Public Employees Local 503||$239,950||Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 290||$30,000||Democratic Governors Association||$50,000|
|Doctors for Healthy Communities||$180,000||Wilshire Financial Services Group, Inc|
and William Furman
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.
- John Kitzhaber for Governor campaign site
- John Kitzhaber on Facebook
- John Kitzhaber on Twitter
- Project Vote Smart biography
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Governor of Oregon John Kitzhaber, "About John Kitzhaber," accessed July 10, 2012
- ↑ Oregon Secretary of State, "November 2, 2010, General Election Abstracts of Votes - Governor", accessed December 22, 2010
- ↑ Oregon Secretary of State, "May 18, 2010 Primary Election Abstract of Votes", accessed July 19, 2010
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "Kitzhaber Bio," accessed July 10, 2012
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