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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)


Biography
Political Highlights: Ore. House, 1999-2009; U.S. Senate, 2009-present
Born: Oct. 24, 1956; Eugene, Ore.
Residence: Portland
Religion: Lutheran
Family: Wife, Mary Sorteberg; two children
Education: Stanford U., B.A. 1979; Princeton U., M.P.A. 1982
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2008 (1st term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Agriculture; Commerce-Justice-Science; Interior-Environment; Labor-HHS-Education; Military Construction-VA); Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Economic Policy - Chairman; Financial Institutions & Consumer Protection; Housing, Transportation & Community Development); Budget; Environment & Public Works (Green Jobs & the New Economy - Chairman; Superfund, Toxics & Environmental Health; Water & Wildlife)

Election History
YearElectionCandidateVotes%
2008generalJeff Merkley (D) 864,39248.9
Gordon Smith (R) 805,15945.6
David Brownlow (CNSTP) 92,5655.2
Roll Call Vitals

2014 Race Rating

(District: OR-B)
 
Democrat Favored


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26th

Oregon is 26th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

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Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.