Senator Brian Boquist was born and raised on a dairy farm in Tillamook and has been an Oregonian his entire life. He and his wife, Peggy, now live on a small farm in Dallas where their six children were raised. The family farm and forest operations spread multiple counties and several states.
At 17, Senator Boquist enlisted in the U.S. Army receiving education benefits that would later aid in his receipt of a college education. Brian retired after thirty-four years of active military service as a Special Forces Officer in July 2011 from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command being transfered back to the reserves. Brian's official military retirement commenced in October 2018.
After receiving a B.S. in Social Science and Business Administration at Western Oregon University, he earned an MBA from Oregon State University in Corvallis. Formerly, he worked with a group of companies and government entities preparing Marines, Army and Navy members for service in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, in the defense of the nation by supplying hyper-realistic live simulated training to create real-life combat situation soldiers might encounter in country. Formally, Brian was an owner operator in an international aviation logisitics company working in Africa, Asia, and Latin America supporting commercial, humanitarian, and peacekeeping operations.
Brian served two terms as State Representative in House District 23 and is now in his fourth term as State Senator in rural District 12, which is comprised of House Districts 23 and 24, serving as an independent republican values voice for the People in SD-12 who want the individual, family and small business freedoms.