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Biography

Elected: 2008, 3rd term.

Born: October 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.

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.

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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5711

(202) 225-5699

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2431
Washington, DC 20515-3705

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5711

(202) 225-5699

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2431
Washington, DC 20515-3705

DISTRICT OFFICE

(503) 557-1324

(503) 557-1981

621 High Street
Oregon City, OR 97045-2240

DISTRICT OFFICE

(503) 557-1324

(503) 557-1981

621 High Street
Oregon City, OR 97045-2240

DISTRICT OFFICE

(503) 588-9100

(503) 588-5517

544 Ferry Street, S.E. Suite 2
Salem, OR 97301-3751

DISTRICT OFFICE

(503) 588-9100

(503) 588-5517

544 Ferry Street, S.E. Suite 2
Salem, OR 97301-3751

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(503) 723-6174

PO Box 3314
Oregon City, OR 97045

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(503) 723-6174

619 Madison Street Unit 108
Oregon City, OR 97045

Staff

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Abortion

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Stephen Holland
Legislative Assistant; Counsel

Agriculture

Chris Huckleberry
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711

Animal Rights

Chris Huckleberry
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711

Appropriations

Chris Huckleberry
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Banking

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Stephen Holland
Legislative Assistant; Counsel

Budget

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Campaign

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Commerce

Zachary Stokes
Legislative Assistant

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Consumers

Chris Huckleberry
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711

Education

Zachary Stokes
Legislative Assistant

Energy

Chris Huckleberry
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Environment

Chris Huckleberry
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711

Finance

Chris Huckleberry
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Stephen Holland
Legislative Assistant; Counsel

Foreign

Zachary Stokes
Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Gun Issues

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Health

Stephen Holland
Legislative Assistant; Counsel

Homeland Security

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Housing

Mary Ann Smith
Social Security and Medicare Caseworker

mary.smith@mail.house.gov
(503) 588-9100

Stephen Holland
Legislative Assistant; Counsel

Human Rights

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Mary Ann Smith
Social Security and Medicare Caseworker

mary.smith@mail.house.gov
(503) 588-9100

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Intelligence

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Judiciary

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Labor

Chris Huckleberry
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711

Land Use

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Medicare

Mary Ann Smith
Social Security and Medicare Caseworker

mary.smith@mail.house.gov
(503) 588-9100

Stephen Holland
Legislative Assistant; Counsel

Military

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Native Americans

Chris Huckleberry
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711

Public Works

Zachary Stokes
Legislative Assistant

Science

Zachary Stokes
Legislative Assistant

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Social Security

Mary Ann Smith
Social Security and Medicare Caseworker

mary.smith@mail.house.gov
(503) 588-9100

Stephen Holland
Legislative Assistant; Counsel

Tax

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Technology

Zachary Stokes
Legislative Assistant

Telecommunications

Chris Huckleberry
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711

Trade

Chris Huckleberry
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director

huck@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5711

Transportation

Zachary Stokes
Legislative Assistant

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Veterans

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Women

Adam Daniel
Senior Legislative Assistant

Stephen Holland
Legislative Assistant; Counsel

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Kurt Schrader
Votes: 177,229
Percent: 54.1%
Fred Thompson
Votes: 139,223
Percent: 42.5%
2012 PRIMARY
Kurt Schrader
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Kurt Schrader
Votes: 145,319
Percent: 51.25%
Scott Bruun
Votes: 130,313
Percent: 45.96%
2010 PRIMARY
Kurt Schrader
Votes: 57,282
Percent: 98.38%
2008 GENERAL
Kurt Schrader
Votes: 181,577
Percent: 54.25%
Mike Erickson
Votes: 128,297
Percent: 38.33%
2008 PRIMARY
Kurt Schrader
Votes: 51,980
Percent: 53.84%
Nancy Moran
Votes: 18,597
Percent: 19.26%
Steve Marks
Votes: 17,643
Percent: 18.27%
Andrew Foster
Votes: 6,104
Percent: 6.32%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (51%), 2008 (54%)

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