Meet Your Candidate: Senator Chuck Thomsen, Senate District 26

A fourth-generation pear grower...

Chuck Thomsen graduated from Hood River High School in 1975, and Willamette University in 1979 (BA Political Science, Economics).

He and his wife, Kristi, live on the family farm in Hood River. They raised two daughters, Meagan and Mallory; have a son-in-law, David; and granddaughter, Aven.

Chuck recently retired from the Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department after 31 years of service.  He was a longtime youth athletics coach, referee, and frequent volunteer throughout the community.

Chuck was appointed to the Hood River Planning Commission in 1990 for four years. He then served on the Hood River County Commission for 16 years, developing a nonpartisan, problem-solving approach to budgets and planning.

Senator Chuck Thomsen, a True Public Servant

Chuck Thomsen was first elected to the Oregon Senate in 2010. He has served tirelessly ever since, representing much of East Multnomah, Clackamas, and Hood River Counties. As a pear grower and former 16-year county commissioner, Thomsen brings a much-needed perspective to Salem.

Chuck quickly earned the reputation of an effective problem solver and hard worker. He freely hands out his cell phone number (below) and encourages any constituent to contact him with ideas or concerns they have – many issues solved through Sen. Thomsen's office began with a quick call or email.

If you are resident of Senate District 26, Please do not hesitate to give Sen. Thomsen a call at (541) 490-4641.

Priorities and Accomplishments

"Senator Thomsen quickly proved he could identify solutions, build consensus, and get results. His knack for building relationships enables him to be a leader in the Senate no matter which party is in charge."

— Former Senator Ted Ferrioli

Of all of Senator Chuck Thomsen’s accomplishments, the most important is that he has delivered on everything he originally campaigned for. His consistency in fiscal and policy decision-making has been a breath of fresh air.

Chuck has always had two major goals: Balance Oregon’s budget without raising taxes, and promote economic growth through a better job economy. His voting record in the Senate reflects that.

Enhancing K-12 and Higher Ed funding is Sen. Thomsen's #1 budget priority, and he now sits on the right committees to add more fuel to that effort. Current Salem "standard procedure" is to wait until the final weeks of session to pass the K-12 budget, which obviously strips away its potential funding levels over the months leading up to it. Chuck believes in funding schools early and robustly to avoid repeating that endless game parents and teachers are all too familiar with.


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