Reedsport, Oregon , United States
|| March 10, 1929
|Died||March 20, 1990
|Last Modifed||Mr. Matt|
May 26, 2020 11:40am
|Info||Jason Boe (1929 – 1990) was American optometrist from Oregon. A native of California, he served as the forty-seventh president of the Oregon State Senate. Prior to serving in the Senate he was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives |
Jason Boe was born in 1929 in Los Angeles, California. When he turned twenty-four in 1953, he made is way north to Oregon to attend school at Pacific University, where he earned a doctorate in optometry. It was during his time at Pacific that he met his future wife Kathryn. They both shared a common interest in classical music and quickly fell in love and married. After Boe earned his doctorate, he and Kathryn moved to Reedsport, Oregon where he began is optometry practice.
In 1958, Boe successfully sought a seat on the Reedsport City Council.
Boe sought a seat in the Oregon State Legislature, and in 1964 he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. He served for three consecutive terms, from 1964 to 1970. He was elected to the Oregon State Senate in 1970 and served there until 1980.
In 1973 (the 57th Oregon Legislative Assembly), he broke up a coalition of conservative Democrats and Republicans to be elected Senate President. He was Senate President for four consecutive terms.
President Jimmy Carter appointed Boe to the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations on October 11, 1979.
Jason Boe retired from elective office after his 1980 failed bid for Oregon State Treasurer. He later owned Jason Boe & Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm that had offices in both Taiwan and Korea.
The Senate wing of the Oregon State Capitol is named in Boe's honor.
In 1997, a stretch of Oregon Route 38 that lies between the communities of Drain and Reedsport was designated the "Jason Boe Corridor".