Darlene Hooley

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Darlene Hooley
U.S. Representative – OR-05
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Party Democratic
Assumed office

January 7, 1997

Preceded by Jim Bunn
Committees
Born April 4, 1939
Spouse divorced
Religion Lutheran


Darlene Hooley is the House Senior Whip and Democratic Representative for Oregon's Fifth Congressional in the House of Representatives which includes all of Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Lincoln Counties as well as significant parts of Clackamas, Benton, and Multnomah Counties.

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Background

Born on a family farm in Williston, North Dakota, Hooley moved to Salem, Oregon when she was eight. After graduating from high school in Salem, Hooley earned her B.S. in Education from Oregon State University in 1961. She served as a Health and PE teacher at Woodburn and Gervais schools from 1962 to 1965, in the Portland Public Schools from 1965 to 1967 and at St. Mary's Academy from 1967 to 1969. She has since lived, worked and raised a family in Oregon’s 5th District.

Hooley is a member of the Oregon Trail Foundation Board. She is a former member of Oregon Progress Board and Area Agencies on Aging, and former co-chair of Commission on Children and Families.

She has two adult children, Chad and Erin.

Political Career

As former reading, music, and physical education teacher, Hooley began advocating for safer playgrounds in the mid-1970s. After serving on the Park District Board, she was elected to the West Linn City Council where she served for four years from 1977 to 1980. She went on to serve in the Oregon State Legislature from 1981 to 1987 and then as a Clackamas County Commissioner from 1987 to 1996.

During her four terms in the Legislature and more than two terms as a Clackamas County Commissioner, Hooley earned a reputation as a serious, consensus-building lawmaker more interested in formulating policy than engaging in the usual political and ideological bickering. The Congresswoman helped to reform the state's welfare system, authored the state's first recycling laws, rewrote Oregon's land-use laws, and wrote and passed equal pay laws.

Congress

Hooley was elected to Congress in 1996. She is a member of U.S. House Budget and Banking Committee. Financial Service, Capital Market, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises; Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit; Domestic Policy, Technology and Economic Growth Subcommitties.

For the past eight years Hooley has established a reputation as a member who gets things done. She has fought hard for and won funding for all sorts of job creating projects and public investments in the 5th District, including over $25 million in county timber payments for local schools and roads, federal funding for transportation, port and infrastructure needs, agricultural research funding at OSU and biomedical research funding at OHSU.

Hooley has become a National leader on behalf of our troops, both active duty and National Guard. She has fought to secure proper training and equipment for our soldiers serving around the globe. Hooley has traveled to Iraq, Ft. Hood and Ft. Lewis to assess the needs of our soldiers, and received national recognition from “60 Minutes” for her leadership in helping to secure armored Humvees and adequate body armor for soldiers serving in Iraq.

Hooley has also distinguished herself as the first Oregon Democrat in history to serve on the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Hooley has made taking care of our veterans a top priority. When the Vancouver and White City, VA health care facilities were threatened by funding cuts, Hooley successfully battled to keep them open. She has also been a leader in the fight to make veteran’s healthcare funding mandatory, so that our veterans are not forced to fight for budget leftovers, but instead are guaranteed the health care they were promised and they have earned.

Hooley faced no competition in the 2006 Democratic Party Primary and ended up spending some $2 million to defeat Republican Mike Erickson of Lake Oswego, who also ran unopposed in his primary. On January 6, 2007 she was named Senior House Whip.

Hooley lives in her home in West Linn, commuting to Washington, DC weekly for votes.


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Contact

Washington DC Office
2430 Rayburn House Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-5711
Fax: 202-225-5699


District Offices:

Salem Office
315 Mission St. SE, Suite 101
Salem, OR 97302
Phone: 503-588-9100
Fax: 503-588-5517

Portland Office
21570 Willamette Dr.
West Linn, OR 97068
Phone: 503-557-1324
Fax: 503-557-1981

Email: darlene@mail.house.gov

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