- Chris Telfer
Chris Telfer Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 27th district
Incumbent Assumed office
Preceded by Ben Westlund Personal details Political party Republican Alma mater University of Denver Profession Certified Public Accountant
Telfer serves on the Bend City Council, and was elected to the Oregon State Senate in the November 2008 elections, to succeed outgoing Senator Ben Westlund. Hers was the only seat that changed parties in the Senate in that election cycle; her campaign spent $300,000 to opponent Maren Lundgren's $12,000. The shift, however, leaves Democrats with an 18-12 majority, allowing them to pass increases to taxes and fees without Republican support. (A 1996 law requires a 3/5 supermajority in both houses of the Oregon Legislative Assembly for such measures.)
She earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Denver, and did post-graduate work at Franklin University and the University of Oregon. She has taught at Central Oregon Community College and served as vice-chair on the Bend Development Board.
In 2010, Telfer filed for the special election for Oregon State Treasurer, to complete the term of Ben Westlund, who died in office. She will face Progressive Walt Brown, Constitution Michael Marsh and Democratic incumbent Ted Wheeler in the November general election. 
- Seventy-fifth Oregon Legislative Assembly (2009–2010)
- ^ Sachs, Peter (September 5, 2007). "Chris Telfer to run for Westlund's Senate seat". The Bulletin. http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070905/NEWS0107/709050418&SearchID=73312638354722.
- ^ "Monnes Anderson beats Kim in state Senate; Telfer wins in Bend". The Oregonian. November 4, 2008. http://blog.oregonlive.com/elections/2008/11/orstatesenate.html.
- ^ Kost, Ryan (November 5, 2008). "Democrats see big gains in Ore. House". kgw.com (Associated Press). http://www.kgw.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D948N1MO1.html.
- ^ a b c d Bend City Councilor Chris Telfer, from official Bend City web site.
- ^ "Candidate Filings, State Treasurer". Oregon Secretary of State. https://secure.sos.state.or.us/eim/cfFilings.do?cfSearchButtonName=&cfName=&cfyearActive=2010&cfElection=196&cfOffice=TR&cfOfficeGrp=&cfPartyAffiliation=&cfFilingFromDate=&cfFilingToDate=&cfWithDrawFromDate=&cfWithDrawToDate=. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- ^ "Oregon 2010 Primary Results: State Treasurer". The Oregonian. May 18, 2010. http://gov.oregonlive.com/election/2010primary/Treasurer/. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
- ^ Voters' Pamphlet, http://oregonvotes.org/nov22010/guide/cover.html, retrieved October 17, 2010
Members of the Oregon State Senate 76th Legislative Assembly (2011-2012)
President of the Senate: Peter Courtney (D) • President pro Tempore: Ginny Burdick (D) • Majority Leader: Diane Rosenbaum (D) • Minority Leader: Ted Ferrioli (R)
Democratic (16) • Republican (14) • Oregon Legislative Assembly • Oregon House of Representatives • Oregon State Senate
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