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State Sen. Richard Devlin ('76), D-Tualatin, is seeking re-election.
Devlin announced Tuesday he would seek a fourth term representing District 19 in the Oregon Senate after filing paperwork that morning with the Oregon Secretary of State.
“In the past few years, we have managed to accomplish key priorities that will put Oregon on the path back to a sustainable, healthy economy,” Devlin said. “But our work is far from finished. I’m running for re-election because our communities need leadership to ensure that we continue to invest in education, public safety and care for our most vulnerable.”
Since late 2010, Devlin has served as the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, which brings legislators from both parties and legislative chambers together to craft and manage the biennial state budget.
"Balancing Oregon’s state budget is not just a matter of balancing revenues and expenditures. It’s about balancing the short- and long-term needs of Oregonians and ensuring that we make critical investments for our future,” he said.
This year, Devlin’s leadership helped provide Oregon’s K-12 schools with an additional $1.1 billion in resources and savings to help shrink classroom sizes and stop teacher layoffs.
“We delivered major victories for education this year. In addition to increased funding for K-12 schools, we slowed the growth in tuition rates at our universities and community colleges,” he said. “In addition, we made the greatest state investment in a single biennium to upgrade facilities at our community colleges, and we significantly increased access to programs for job skills and career training.”He noted that, under his leadership, the Legislature doubled funding for Oregon Project Independence to ensure more seniors can stay in their homes, ultimately reducing costs for long-term care. In 2013, the Legislature also made a major reinvestment in children’s mental health services.
Before his appointment to chair the Ways and Means Committee, Devlin served as Senate majority leader from 2007 to 2010. He was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1996 and won election to the Oregon Senate in 2002.
Senate District 19 includes the communities of Lake Oswego, Tualatin and West Linn, portions of Southwest Portland, Durham, Dunthorpe, Rivergrove and the Stafford basin.
“As always, I look forward to running a spirited campaign and going door-to-door to meet with my constituents so that I can bring their ideas to the Senate,” Devlin said. “Citizen input is critical to making sure that our state government focuses on Oregon’s priorities.”
Devlin was born in Eugene and earned a bachelor's degree in administration of justice from Portland State University and his master's in management from Pepperdine University. His occupational background is in adult and juvenile corrections and civil and criminal investigations, and he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He lives in Tualatin with his wife, Eliza, and they have two adult children.