Douglas County State Legislation

Legislature — House

The Oregon House of Representatives consists of 60 members who are elected to serve for two-year terms. Each representative represents a district containing about 57,000 citizens. There are three Representatives with constituencies in Douglas County. District lines are redrawn every ten years to account for population shifts reflected in the decennial census. The next re-districting will take place in the year 2031.

Contact information for members of the Oregon House of Representatives is located here on our page devoted to Public Officials.

Legislature — Senate

The Oregon Senate consists of 30 members who are elected to serve for four-year terms. Each senator represents a district comprising two consecutively-numbered House districts; the number of the Senate district is half the even-numbered House district. Douglas County residents are served by three Senators.

Contact information for members of the Oregon House of Representatives is located here on our page devoted to Public Officials.

Executive

Oregon has five offices in the Executive branch whose heads stand for election every four years. Three of them stand for election in leap years, the same as President of the United States:  Secretary of StateTreasurer, and Attorney General. Two stand for election in the intervening even-year election:  Governor and Commissioner of Bureau of Labor & Industries.

Contact information for members of the Oregon Executive branch is located here on our page devoted to Public Officials.

Douglas County State Senate & Rep. Districts

Are elected every 2 years.  Current Election Year:  2024

Are elected every 4 years.  Current Election Year:  2024

How Legislative Vacancies are filled in Oregon

State legislative vacancies can be filled through special elections, governor appointments, board of county commissioners appointments, political party appointments, legislative chamber appointments, or a type of hybrid system. All 50 states use one or more of these systems to fill legislative vacancies.

If there is a vacancy in the Oregon State Legislature, the board of county commissioners representing the vacant seat must select a replacement. This can only be done when the Legislature is in session or when the vacancy happens more than 61 days before the next scheduled general election.  The board must select a person from the political party that last held the vacant seat. The board must consider three to five candidates, nominated by the local county party that last controlled the seat. A replacement must be selected within 30 days of the vacancy. Persons selected to fill vacancies serve until the second Monday in January following the general election.  Five other states use this type of system to fill vacancies:  Arizona, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, and Wyoming.

See sources: Oregon Rev. Stat. §171.051

Our Party Platform

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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