DOUGLAS COUNTY FEDERAL LEGISLATORS

Douglas County is representated by two US Senators and two US Representatives.

Federal Government

Official Site of the White House

  The Congress of The United States

Contact information for the President of the United States and those of the Oregon delegation to Congress representing Linn County is located here on our page devoted to Public Officials.

Oregon became the 33rd state to join the Union on February 14, 1859. Oregon’s first two senators, Joseph Lane and Delazon Smith, took office on that day. Oregon’s longest-serving senators include Charles McNary (1917–1944) and Wayne Morse (1945–1969). Among those who rose to leadership positions is Charles McNary, who served as Republican whip and floor leader. In 1996 Ron Wyden won the first Senate election conducted by mail-in ballot.

Each state in the United States elects two senators, regardless of the state’s population. Senators serve six-year terms with staggered elections. Americans in the United States’s six territories do not have senators.

Ron Wyden
Senior Senator
Democrat
Since Feb 5, 1996
Next Election in 2028

Wyden is the senior senator from Oregon and is a Democrat. He has served since Feb 5, 1996. Wyden is next up for reelection in 2028 and serves until Jan 3, 2029. He is 75 years old.

He was previously the representative for Oregon’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 1981 to 1996.

Jeff Merkley
Junior Senator
Democrat
Since Jan 6, 2009
Next Election in 2026

Merkley is the junior senator from Oregon and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 6, 2009. Merkley is next up for reelection in 2026 and serves until Jan 3, 2027. He is 67 years old.

Committee Assignments

Contact:
221 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5244
Email:  https://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/email-ron

Office Locations:  https://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/office-locations

Newsletter Signup:  https://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/newsletter-sign-up

Committee Assignments

Contact:
531 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3753

Email:  https://www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/

Newsletter Signup: https://www.merkley.senate.gov/connect/newsletter/ 

Help with a Federal Agency: https://www.merkley.senate.gov/services/help/ 

Purchase/Flag/Flown over Capitol:  https://www.merkley.senate.gov/services/flag-requests/

The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 indivciduals.  Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term.  Representatives are also called congressmen/congresswomen.  Americans in the United States’s six territories are represented in the House of Representatives by an additional six non-voting delegates.

All representatives serve until the end of the current Congress on Jan. 3, 2025.

Cliff Bentz Republican Oregon 2nd District Since Jan. 3, 2021
Valerie Hoyle Democrat Oregon 4th District Since Jan 3, 2023

Bentz is the representative for Oregon’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2021. Bentz is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 72 years old.

Washington DC Office:
409 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6730
Fax: (202) 225-5774

Southern Oregon:
14 N. Central Ave., Suite 112
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 776-4646
Fax: (541) 779-0204

Eastern Oregon:
2430 SW 4th Avenue #2
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 709-2040

Website:  https://bentz.house.gov/
Email:  https://bentz.house.gov/contact
Newsletter Signup:  https://bentz.house.gov/contact/newsletter-subscribe

Hoyle is the representative for Oregon’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2023. Hoyle is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. She is 60 years old.

Washington DC Office:
1620 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515
Phone:  (202) 225-6416

Eugene Office:
940 Williamette St.
Eugene, OR 97401
By appointment only
Phone: (541) 465-6732

Website:  https://hoyle.house.gov/
Email:  https://hoyle.house.gov/contact/email-val
Newsletter Signup:  https://hoyle.house.gov/contact/newsletter-subscribe

Our Party Platform

How do your beliefs compare to ours?

You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that all Oregonians should have the opportunity, through hard work and perseverance, to build a more prosperous future for themselves, their families, and their communities, without the excessive burden of government.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Preamble

You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that the U.S. Constitution and the Oregon Constitution are the highest laws of the land, and all other laws must be consistent with them.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 2 Law and Criminal Justice

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the safeguard of our liberties.” ~Abraham Lincoln, US President, Republican

Do you want to understand this position better? Click below for a short video explaining the historical foundation of checks and balances inherent in our Constitution.

You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that free market capitalism, private property rights, low taxation, minimal regulation, and limited government intervention are the foundations of a vibrant and prosperous economy…

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 3 Economy

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” ~Ronald Reagan, US President, Republican

Do you want to understand this position better? Click below for two short videos explaining free market capitalism and limited government.

You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that all children deserve an excellent quality and unbiased education and that parents and legal guardians have the primary right and responsibility to educate their children in the manner they choose.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 4 Education

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” ~Abraham Lincoln, US President, Republican

You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that Oregon’s natural resources, when managed responsibly, are vital to our state’s environment, economy, and prosperity, and that under the free market system with minimal regulation, individual property owners and local citizens are the best stewards of our natural resources.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 5 Natural Resources and Environmental Stewardship

“Nothing is more conservative than conservation.” ~Russell Kirk, conservative scholar

Do you want to understand this position better? Click below for a brief video explanation.

You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that the traditional family, formed through the marriage of one man and one woman, is ordained by God our Creator and is the foundation of our society and is optimal for raising children to be responsible, self‐sufficient, productive citizens.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 6 Family

You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that foreign policy decisions must adhere to the United States Constitution, based upon the security, vital long-term national interests, sovereignty, and well-being of its citizens.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 7 Foreign Policy

You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that legal immigration and assimilation, including the adoption of English as the official language, should be encouraged, and that securing our national borders is essential to ensuring the sovereignty and safety of our state.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 9 Immigration

Do you want to understand this position better? Click below for a brief video explanation.

You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that legal immigration and assimilation, including the adoption of English as the official language, should be encouraged, and that securing our national borders is essential to ensuring the sovereignty and safety of our state.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 9 Immigration

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You might be a Republican if…

…you believe with our nation’s founders that our unalienable rights are endowed by our Creator and that government without the consent of the governed is tyranny and that no government shall infringe upon our individual rights and freedoms nor upon the security of our private communications, transactions, or movements.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 10 Individual Liberty and Limited Government

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You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that rules, regulations, and executive orders are subordinate to and must support the laws passed by the legislative bodies, and that they shall not impose undue burden or loss of freedoms to individuals, families, or commerce.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 11 Rules, Regulations and Executive Orders

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You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that all people have the unalienable right to defend themselves, others, their home, and property without fear of criminal or civil reprisal.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 12 Self-Protection

“The right of self-defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals.” ~James Monroe, US President, Democratic-Republican

Do you want to understand this position better? Click below for two brief video explanations.

You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that accountability and transparency in elections are essential to protect America’s election systems.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 13 Election Integrity

“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” ~Joseph Stalin, Marxist-Leninist dictator of the USSR

Do you want to understand this position better? Click below for a brief video explanation.

You might be a Republican if…

…you support a strong military as the means to maintain our nation, state, and counties’ freedom, and if you support Veterans, Gold Star Families, the Reserve Component (National Guard/Reserves), disabled veterans, military families, and the uniformed services who are currently serving our country.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 14 Veterans and Military Personnel

“No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.” ~Theodore Roosevelt, US President, Republican

Do you want to understand this position better? Click below for two short videos explaining the importance of the U.S. military strength today.

You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that limited, responsible, and transparent government at all levels is essential.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 15 Government Integrity

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.” ~Ronald Reagan, US President, Republican

Do you want to understand this position better? Click below for two short videos explaining the consequences of big government.

You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that freedom of religion and the rights of conscience are unalienable rights ordained by God, our Creator and are the foundation of our society which no Government can limit or remove.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 16 Religious Liberty

“Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.” ~Samuel Adams, Founding Father and architect of the principles of American Republicanism

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You might be a Republican if…

…you believe that it is an essential role of limited government to provide for public safety through effective preparedness and reduction of disaster impact, both natural and man-made, on the civilian population, infrastructure, private property, and the economy; and to maximize the speed of recovery, prioritizing citizens first and environmental considerations second, and with special attention to the needs of vulnerable populations.

Oregon Republican Party 2021 Platform Section 17 Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation