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On November 2, 2010, Schrader won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated Scott Bruun ([[Republican|R]]) and Chris Lugo (Pacific Green) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
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|party3= Pacific Green
|winner1 = Kurt Schrader
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|candidate2 = Scott Bruun
|candidate3 = Chris Lugo
|votes1 = 145319
|votes2 = 130313
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Kurt Schrader
Kurt Schrader.jpg
U.S. House, Oregon, District 5
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorDarlene Hooley (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2009
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Oregon State Senate
Oregon House of Representatives
Bachelor'sCornell University & University of Illinois
OtherUniversity of Illinois
Date of birthOctober 19, 1951
Place of birthBridgeport, Connecticut
ProfessionVeterinarian, Farmer
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Kurt Schrader (b. October 19, 1951) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oregon. Schrader was first elected by voters from Oregon's 5th congressional district in 2008. He won re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schrader is a "centrist Democrat".[2]


Schrader was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University in 1973, his B.S. and D.V.M. from the University of Illinois in 1975 and 1977, respectively.[3]


Outside of public life, Schrader worked as a veterinarian and farmer.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Schrader serves on the following committees:[4]


Schrader served on the following committees:[5]

  • Small Business Committee
    • Subcommittee on Finance and Tax Chair
    • Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology
  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture
  • Budget Committee



Campaign themes

On his official campaign website, Schrader highlights his fight to limit the influence of special interests in elections. He believes that "it’s a matter of fairness. They don’t want a level playing field and they will spend millions to keep it that way." He provides the full text of an Amendment proposal that aims to give Congress and states the power to control the special interest money going to campaigns as a result of Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission and Buckley vs. Valeo.[6]

"The Woods"

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Schrader voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]



See also: Oregon's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Schrader won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Oregon's 5th District.[1] He won the nomination on the Democratic ticket. Schrader faced Fred Thompson (R), Raymond Baldwin (L), and Christina Jean Lugo (Pacific Green Party) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Oregon District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Schrader Incumbent 54% 177,229
     Republican Fred Thompson 42.4% 139,223
     Green Christina Jean Lugo 2.3% 7,516
     Constitution Raymond Baldwin 1.1% 3,600
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 402
Total Votes 327,970
Source: Oregon Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full History

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Schrader won the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Schrader's campaign committee raised a total of $1,750,037 and spent $1,163,244.[10]


Schrader won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Schrader's campaign committee raised a total of $1,872,837 and spent $1,839,623.[11]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Schrader missed 168 of 3,350 roll call votes, from Jan 2009 to Mar 2013, which is 5.0% of votes during that time period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[12]

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Schrader paid his congressional staff a total of $987,567 in 2011. Overall, Oregon ranks 8th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Schrader's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $4,401,122 and $13,525,999. This averages to $8,963,560, which is a 40.02% increase since 2010. This is higher than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[14]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Schrader's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,922,063 to $8,881,000. That averages to $6,401,531.50 which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Democratic in 2010 of $4,465,875.[15]

Political Analysis

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Schrader was ranked the 157th most liberal representative during 2012.[16]


According to the data released in 2012, Kurt Schrader was ranked the 159th most liberal representative during 2011.[17]

Percentage voting with party

Kurt Schrader voted with the Democratic Party 77.7% of the time, which ranked 172 among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[18]

Recent news

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Schrader is married to Martha. They have 5 children.

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Darlene Hooley
U.S. House of Representatives - Oregon, District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Oregon State Senate
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Oregon House of Representatives
Succeeded by