Brian Boquist — Dist. 12


Senator Brian Boquist
State Senator Brian Boquist
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Following two unsuccessful attempts to unseat Rep. Darlene Hooley in Oregon's Congressional District 5, Brian Boquist turned his attention to the Oregon House following the appointment of Rep. Lane Shetterly by Governor Kulongoski to the State Land Development Commission in 2004. In 2008, upon the retirement of Sen Gary George and with the experience of two terms in the House, he ran for, and easily won election to, the Senate for District 12.

Sen. Boquist holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Special Forces. In 2007 he served a seven-month tour in Iraq as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Combined Special Operations Task Force. At the end of the tour he was awarded a Bronze Star and recommended for promotion to full Colonel. He has since retired from the military.

For the 2013 session, Sen. Boquist served as Chair of the Veterans' and Military Affairs Committee — renamed and repurposed as Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee (Senate President Peter Courtney also continued on the committee) — and also served on the Finance and Revenue and Tax Credits committees.

For the 78th Legislative Assembly (2015-16), Sen. Boquist was one of the busier members. He continued as Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness (along with Senate President Peter Courtney), promoted to Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance & Revenue, and joined the prestigious Senate Committee on Rules. He also served as Co-Vice Chair of two Joint Committees: Tax Credits and Health Insurance Transition (joining fellow Marion County Republicans Sen. Fred Girod and Rep. Bill Kennemer on the latter).

Handling responsibility for seven committee assignments — the most of any legislator — during the 79th Legislative Assembly will keep him running, if not become a scheduling nightmare. With the shuttering of the Health Insurance Transition committee, Sen. Boquist will move with his leadership role to the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization (joining Marion County Republicans Sen. Fred Girod and Sen. Jackie Winters). Along with the other four retained committee seats, he adds two new joint committees:  On Legislative Counsel and On Legislative Policy & Research.

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