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Rep. Kurt Schrader (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-5711

Address: 108 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (503) 557-1324

Address: 621 High Street, Oregon City OR 97045-2240

Salem OR

Phone: (503) 588-9100

Fax: (503) 588-5517

Address: 544 Ferry Street, S.E., Salem OR 97301-3751

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Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
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(202) 225-5711
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Stokes, Zachary
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Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Stokes, Zachary
Legislative Assistant
Gage, Paul
Chief of Staff; Communications Director
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Stokes, Zachary
Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Stokes, Zachary
Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Holland, Stephen
Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Holland, Stephen
Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Stokes, Zachary
Legislative Assistant
Stokes, Zachary
Legislative Assistant
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Holland, Stephen
Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Stokes, Zachary
Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Stokes, Zachary
Legislative Assistant
Stokes, Zachary
Legislative Assistant
Holland, Stephen
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Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Stokes, Zachary
Legislative Assistant
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Stokes, Zachary
Legislative Assistant
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Baucom, J.D.
Veterans Representative
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Adkins, James
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Veterans Representative
Baugher, Dana
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Chief of Staff; Communications Director
Holland, Stephen
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Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
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Smith, Mary
District Aide
Baugher, Dana
Social Security Caseworker
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Chief of Staff; Communications Director
Gage, Paul
Chief of Staff; Communications Director
Huckleberry, Chris
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
Kunse, Suzanne
District Director
Daniel, Adam
Senior Legislative Assistant
Holland, Stephen
Legislative Assistant
Stokes, Zachary
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Adkins, James
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Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711
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Veterans Representative
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Kurt Schrader Committees
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Kurt Schrader Biography
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  • Elected: 2008, 3rd term.
  • District: Oregon 5
  • Born: Oct. 19, 1951, Bridgeport, CT
  • Home: Candy
  • Education:

    Cornell U., B.A. 1973; U. of IL, D.V.M. 1977

  • Professional Career:

    Former aide, AK Gov. office; Veterinarian, 1978-2008.

  • Political Career:

    OR House, 1997-2003; OR Senate, 2003-08.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Christian

  • Family: Divorced; 4 children

Kurt Schrader, a Democrat elected in 2008, juggles priorities in a district that is divided between urban and rural. A veterinarian and organic farmer, he is active on small business and agricultural issues. Read More

Kurt Schrader, a Democrat elected in 2008, juggles priorities in a district that is divided between urban and rural. A veterinarian and organic farmer, he is active on small business and agricultural issues.

Schrader was born in Bridgeport, Conn., the oldest of three children. His father was a chemical engineer. He studied government at Cornell University, where he met his wife, Martha, also a Cornell student. Schrader went on to pursue his passion for veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois. After college, the couple wanted to move west and settled in Oregon. Schrader ran two veterinary clinics in Canby, and his wife served on the Clackamas County Commission before replacing him in the state Senate. They live on a 60-acre gentleman’s farm listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Schrader launched himself into public service as a member of the Canby planning commission for 15 years, assisting in development of the city’s land use plan. In 1997, he won a seat in the state House, and six years later, was elected to the state Senate. There, he was co-chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, with jurisdiction over taxation. His major focus was improving public education, and he pushed legislation to tax new construction to pay for schools. He developed a reputation as a conservative Democrat and opposed his party on increasing the minimum wage.

The 5th District seat opened when six-term Democratic Rep. Darlene Hooley announced her retirement in February 2008. Schrader lent his campaign $130,000 during the primary and won over 50% of the vote against three opponents. In the general election, he faced shipping Republican entrepreneur Mike Erickson, who had challenged Hooley two years earlier. Erickson lent his campaign $1.6 million and managed to win the Republican primary, in spite of his opponent publicizing allegations that Erickson had impregnated a woman in 2000 and then paid for an abortion. Erickson admitted to the relationship but denied paying for an abortion. The general election was initially considered wide open. This was George W. Bush territory in 2000 and 2004, but the district had experienced a surge in new Democratic voters in the latter half of 2008, giving Democrats their first voter-registration advantage in 12 years.

Erickson was unable to shake the allegations about to his earlier relationship, and he limited his public appearances during the campaign. Schrader received endorsements from the Oregon Farm Bureau andseveral newspapers. He also got financial help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Erickson outspent Schrader by over $1 million, but Schrader prevailed 54% to 38%. He carried every county in the district and won 74% of the vote in the liberal stronghold of Multnomah County.

In the House, Schrader has backed his party on most significant measures but also shown a willingness to go his own way. In 2013, he became the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition’s co-chair for communications and outreach. He was one of 22 House Democrats in 2012 to support fellow Blue Dog Jim Cooper’s unsuccessful budget proposal based on the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission’s recommendations. He cast the only vote for Maryland’s Steny Hoyer over liberal Nancy Pelosi of California for minority leader in 2011, though he did back Pelosi in 2013. He originally cosponsored the DREAM Act for children of illegal immigrants but later voted against it, not because it went too far but because he wanted to see a more comprehensive immigration-reform solution.

Schrader earned a spot on the Agriculture Committee, a good fit for his agriculture-heavy district. He failed in 2012 to add a logging plan for western Oregon forests to the farm bill in committee. He later complained that the nine-month extension of the bill passed in the lame-duck session dropped all of the benefits for his state, including organic-farming labeling standards. “Finally, America is catching up to where Oregon is, and now it’s all gone,” he told The Oregonian. To help small business, he amended a House-passed bill in 2010 authorizing the establishment of a $300 million borrower-assistance program. He also has been an outspoken critic of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and has offered a proposed constitutional amendment to allow congressional regulation of campaign finances.

National Republicans went after Schrader’s seat in 2010 and recruited state Rep. Scott Bruun, who had lost overwhelmingly to Democrat Earl Blumenauer in the 3rd District race in 1996. Bruun accused Schrader of not being the fiscal hawk he portrayed himself to be and going “on a world-class spending spree with your money.” Schrader parried that Bruun wanted to privatize Social Security, and he out-raised Bruun, $1.9 million to $1.1 million. Schrader won 51%-46%, benefiting from the huge Democratic vote in Multnomah while carrying Benton and Clackamas counties and staying even in Marion County.

Post-2010 census redistricting made Schrader’s district slightly more favorable to Republicans by removing some of Multnomah and adding more of Clackamas. The GOP, however, decided it had bigger fish to fry and didn’t help Republican Fred Thompson, allowing Schrader to win 54%-43%. But in 2013, Schrader’s home-state colleague Greg Walden took over as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee and made clear he would take winning back the seat far more seriously in 2014.

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Kurt Schrader Election Results
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2012 General
Kurt Schrader (D)
Votes: 177,229
Percent: 54.1%
Fred Thompson
Votes: 139,223
Percent: 42.5%
Christina Jean Lugo
Votes: 7,516
Percent: 2.29%
2012 Primary
Kurt Schrader (D)
Votes: 51,652
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (51%), 2008 (54%)
Kurt Schrader Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 57 (L) : 43 (C) 63 (L) : 36 (C) 60 (L) : 40 (C)
Social 60 (L) : 39 (C) 60 (L) : 40 (C) 66 (L) : 33 (C)
Foreign 74 (L) : 26 (C) 69 (L) : 30 (C) 67 (L) : 32 (C)
Composite 63.8 (L) : 36.2 (C) 64.3 (L) : 35.7 (C) 64.7 (L) : 35.3 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC016
LCV7180
CFG1629
ITIC-75
NTU3030
20112012
COC50-
ACLU-92
ACU84
ADA7075
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
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