Dave Hunt (Oregon politician)

Dave Hunt (Oregon politician)
Dave Hunt
Member of the Oregon House of
from the 40th District
Assumed office
Constituency Clackamas County
65th Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives
In office
January 12, 2009 – January 10, 2011
Preceded by Jeff Merkley
Succeeded by Bruce Hanna and Arnie Roblan
Personal details
Born November 10, 1967 (1967-11-10) (age 44)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Tonia
Alma mater Columbia University

Dave Hunt (born November 10, 1967) is an American politician in the state of Oregon. A Democrat, he is the State Representative for District 40 of the Oregon House of Representatives. He was elected House Majority Leader for the 2006–2008 session, succeeding Minority Leader Jeff Merkley, who was chosen as Speaker. Hunt served as Speaker during the 2009–2011 session, again succeeding Merkley, who was elected to serve in the United States Senate.


Early years

Dave Hunt was born in Port Angeles, Washington to Karin and Harley Hunt on November 10, 1967.[1] He attended Sheldon High School in Eugene, Oregon and New York City's Columbia University where he majored in political science.[2]

Following college he worked as a staff member for three members of Congress: Louise Slaughter, Brian Baird, and Darlene Hooley.[2]

By profession, Hunt has served since 2001 as Executive Director of the Columbia River Channel Coalition and the Association of Pacific Ports.[1]

Hunt married Tonia in 1992 and they have two children: Andrew (born in 1995) and Emily (born in 1999).

Political career

In 1999, Hunt was elected to the Oregon City School Board, and served there until 2003. He also served a two-year term (2002–03) as the youngest-ever National President of American Baptist Churches USA, an organization with over 5,000 churches and 1.3 million members.

Hunt represents the people of northern Clackamas County, which includes the communities of Gladstone, Oak Grove, Jennings Lodge, Johnson City, and North Clackamas.

In November 2008, Hunt was re-elected to a fourth term in the Oregon House and was subsequently elected to the position of Speaker of the Oregon House for the 2009–2011 legislative session.[1] In November 2010, Hunt was re-elected to a fifth term in the Oregon House and was subsequently elected as House Democratic Leader.

In past years, he has chaired the House Rules Committee and served on the House Transportation, Veterans Affairs, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Trade and Economic Development, Head Start, Campaign Finance Reform, and Elections, Ethics and Rules committees. He currently co-chairs the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee.


  1. ^ a b c Har, Janie (November 8, 2008). "Hard-hitting Dave Hunt will be speaker of the Oregon House". The Oregonian (OregonLive.com). http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2008/11/hardhitting_dave_hunt_will_be.html. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography". Representative Dave Hunt. Oregon House of Representatives. http://www.leg.state.or.us/hunt/bio.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 

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