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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

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 - Ranking Member; Energy-Water; Interior-Environment; Labor-HHS-Education; State-Foreign Operations); Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Economic Policy; Financial Institutions & Consumer Protection - Ranking Member; Housing, Transportation & Community Development); Budget; Environment & Public Works (Clean Air & Nuclear Safety; Superfund, Waste Management & Regulatory Oversight; Transportation & Infrastructure)

Election History
2014generalJeff Merkley (D) 814,53756.0
Monica Wehby (R) 538,84737.0
Mike Montchalin (LIBERT) 44,9163.1
Christina Lugo (PACGRN) 32,4342.2
James Leuenberger (CNSTP) 24,2121.7
2008generalJeff Merkley (D) 864,39248.9
Gordon Smith (R) 805,15945.6
David Brownlow (CNSTP) 92,5655.2
Roll Call Vitals


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.