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  Merkley, Jeff
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AffiliationDemocratic  
<-  2018-01-01  
 
NameJeff Merkley
Address1351 SE 114th Avenue
Portland, Oregon , United States
EmailNone
Website [Link]
Born October 24, 1956 (63 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifedRBH
Feb 21, 2019 10:48pm
Tags Caucasian - Very Liberal - Anti-Death Penalty - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Government Reform - Health Care Reform - Internationalist - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Environment - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Gun control - Protectionist - Married - Christian - Straight -
InfoMERKLEY, Jeff - U.S. Senator from Oregon; former speaker of the state house.

Jeff was born in Myrtle Creek and spent his early childhood in Roseburg. His family moved to Portland when Jeff was in grade school. At David Douglas High School Jeff ran cross-country, played tennis, and competed in public speaking. He spent a summer in Ghana as an exchange student and was elected Student Body President by his classmates.

Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and pursued his Masters Degree in Public Policy on a full scholarship at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He was selected as a Presidential Management Intern in 1982. He tackled various assignments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense including coordinating a committee on technology transfer, developing a computer model to study the proposed “small ICBM”, generating a verification strategy for theater arms agreements, and assisting the US delegation to NATO. Jeff then served Congress as a budget and policy analyst in the Congressional Budget Office, generating studies on the nation’s options for strategic weapons.

Jeff and his wife, Mary, returned to Oregon in 1991. His interest in community development led him to join Portland Habitat for Humanity as Executive Director. At Habitat he coordinated community volunteers to build homes for sale to low-income families. He also started the Walk for Humanity, launched development of the Habitat Home Building Center, and initiated a pilot project for “YouthBuild” in which gang-affected youth learn construction and life skills while building homes in their own neighborhoods.

Following his turn at Habitat, Jeff served as Director of Housing Development at Human Solutions, where he worked to create affordable housing complexes. While there, he launched Oregon’s first Individual Development Account (IDA) program to help low-income families save money to buy homes, attend college, or start businesses.

Served as President of the World Affairs Council of Oregon for seven years and serves on its Board of Trustees.

In September 2003, Jeff was elected by his peers to be the House Democratic Leader. He was re-elected to this post by acclamation in 2005. When Democrats took control of the Legislature following the 2006 election, he was elected by the full House to serve as Speaker.

Jeff and Mary have two children, Jonathan and Brynne.

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JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
07/16/2018-07/17/2018 Gravis Marketing 44.00% ( 0.0) 38.00% ( 0.0) 18.00% ( 0.0)
01/01/2017-03/31/2017 Morning Consult 59.00% ( 0.0) 23.00% ( 0.0) 18.00% ( 0.0)
07/23/2011-07/25/2011 Survey USA 39.00% ( 3.0) 45.00% ( 2.0) 16.00% ( 0.0)
06/20/2011-06/22/2011 Survey USA 36.00% ( 5.0) 47.00% ( 9.0) 16.00% ( 5.0)
06/19/2011-06/21/2011 Public Policy Polling 36.00% ( 0.0) 33.00% ( 0.0) 31.00% ( 0.0)
04/16/2011-04/18/2011 Survey USA 41.00% ( 2.0) 38.00% ( 2.0) 21.00% ( 4.0)
01/21/2011-01/23/2011 Survey USA 43.00% ( 7.0) 40.00% ( 6.0) 17.00% ( 2.0)
12/10/2010-12/12/2010 Survey USA 36.00% ( 3.0) 46.00% ( 5.0) 19.00% ( 1.0)
07/16/2010-07/18/2010 Survey USA 39.00% ( 1.0) 41.00% ( 4.0) 20.00% ( 3.0)
03/12/2010-03/14/2010 Survey USA 38.00% ( 5.0) 45.00% ( 6.0) 17.00% ( 1.0)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
10/04/2018-10/11/2018 DHM Research 45.00% ( 0.0) 28.00% ( 0.0) 27.00% ( 0.0)
09/09/2014-09/11/2014 the polling company™ (R) 43.00% ( 0.0) 34.00% ( 0.0) 23.00% ( 0.0)

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INFORMATION LINKS
RACES
  05/19/2020 OR US Senate - D Primary ???
  11/04/2014 OR US Senate Won 55.73% (+18.86%)
  05/20/2014 OR US Senate - D Primary Won 93.08% (+89.11%)
  11/06/2012 Banking Committee Seat 7 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 Appropriations Committee Seat 15 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 Environment Committee Seat 8 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 Budget Committee Seat 7 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/2008 OR US Senate Won 48.90% (+3.35%)
  05/20/2008 OR US Senate - D Primary Won 44.87% (+2.84%)
  01/03/2007 OR Speaker of the House Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2006 OR State House 47 Won 63.97% (+28.31%)
  05/16/2006 OR State House 47- D Primary Won 98.49% (+96.98%)
  01/03/2005 Minority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/2004 OR State House 47 Won 64.65% (+29.29%)
  01/03/2003 Minority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  00/00/2003 OR State House Minority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/2002 OR State House 47 Won 93.03% (+86.05%)
  11/07/2000 OR State House 16 Won 83.54% (+67.09%)
  11/03/1998 OR State House 16 Won 60.43% (+20.86%)
SPECULATIVE, DID NOT RUN
  02/09/2020 US President - D Primaries ???
ENDORSEMENTS
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Jul 25, 2019 NPA Reject
US Secretary of Defense - Jul 23, 2019 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia - Apr 10, 2019 NPA Reject
OR State House 54 - Nov 06, 2018 WFP Amanda La Bell
US Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Jul 23, 2018 NPA Reject
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board - Jan 23, 2018 NPA Reject
US Secretary of the Army - Nov 15, 2017 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to the Holy See - Oct 16, 2017 NPA Reject
FBI Director - Aug 01, 2017 NPA Reject
US Trade Representative - May 11, 2017 NPA Reject
US Director of National Intelligence - Mar 15, 2017 NPA Reject
US Secretary of Commerce - Feb 27, 2017 NPA Reject
US Secretary of Transportation - Jan 31, 2017 NPA Reject
US Secretary of Homeland Security - Jan 20, 2017 NPA Reject
OR US President - D Primary - May 17, 2016 I Bernie Sanders
US Attorney General - Apr 23, 2015 D Loretta Lynch
FBI Director - Jul 29, 2013 I Abstaining
C.I.A. Director - Mar 07, 2013 NPA Reject
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board - Jan 28, 2010 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 06, 2009 I Sonia Sotomayor
US Attorney General - Feb 02, 2009 D Eric Holder
OR Attorney General - D Primary - May 20, 2008 D Greg Macpherson
OR Treasurer - D Primary - May 20, 2008 D Ben Westlund
OR US President - D Primary - May 20, 2008 D John Edwards
OR US President - D Primary - May 20, 2008 D Barack Obama