- Cliff Bentz
Cliff Bentz Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 60th district
Preceded by Tom Butler Personal details Born January 12, 1952
Political party Republican Spouse(s) Lindsay Norman Profession Attorney
Cliff Bentz (born January 12, 1952) is a Republican politician from the US state of Oregon. He serves in the Oregon House of Representatives representing District 60, which encompasses the counties of Malheur, Baker, and Harney, and part of Grant County, and which includes the cities of Baker City, Burns, and Ontario.
Early life and career
Bentz was born in Salem, Oregon and was raised on ranches in the eastern Oregon communities of Fields and Drewsey. He graduated from Regis High School in the Willamette Valley city of Stayton, Oregon in 1970.
He received a bachelor's degree from Eastern Oregon State College (now Eastern Oregon University) in 1974 and a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1977. From 1977 to 1980, he was a law associate with the Ontario law firm Yturri Rose, and was made a partner in the firm in 1980, a position he still holds. He specializes in agricultural, water, and real property law. He also owns a 100-acre alfalfa farm.
In 2008, Bentz was appointed by county commissioners in House District 60 to replace Tom Butler in the Oregon House of Representatives following Butler's resignation to pursue a church mission. He defeated Tim K. Smith in the Republican primary in May 2008, and then was unopposed in the 2008 general election. In 2010, Bentz won another term, and was unopposed in both the primary and the general election.
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- ^ a b c "Cliff Bentz". Project VoteSmart. http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=102400. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
- ^ "Attorney Cliff Bentz to finish Butler's term". The Oregonian. January 22, 2008. http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2008/01/attorney_cliff_bentz_to_finish.html. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
- ^ "May 20, 2008, Primary Election Abstract of Votes". Oregon Secretary of State. http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/may202008/results/sr.pdf. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
- ^ "November 4, 2008, General Election Abstracts of Votes". Oregon Secretary of State. http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/nov42008/results/sr.pdf. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
- ^ "November 2, 2010, General Election Abstracts of Votes". Oregon Secretary of State. http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/nov22010/results/sr.pdf. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
Members of the Oregon House of Representatives 76th Legislative Assembly (2011-2012)
Speaker of the House: Bruce Hanna (R) / Arnie Roblan (D) • Speaker pro Tempore: Andy Olson (R) / Tina Kotek (D) • Caucus Leaders: Kevin Cameron (R) / Dave Hunt (D)
- Matthew Wand (R)
- Greg Matthews (D)
- Patrick Sheehan (R)
- Mark Johnson (R)
- Gene Whisnant (R)
- Jason Conger (R)
- Mike McLane (R)
- Bill Garrard (R)
- Greg Smith (R)
- Bob Jenson (R)
- John Huffman (R)
- Cliff Bentz (R)
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