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 military service as a Special Forces Officer in July 2011 from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
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. With the life experience gained in the military, and the education he received, today Brian serves as an executive of an international small business. Formerly, he worked with a group of companies and government entities preparing Marines, Army and Navy soldiers for service in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, in the defense of the nation by supplying hyper-realistic simulated training using role players, pyrotechnics and blank firing weapons to create the feeling of real-life situation soldiers might encounter in country. Prior to providing training services, Brian was a partner in an international aviation company working in Africa, Asia, and Latin America supporting commercial, humanitarian, and peacekeeping operations.
Brian Boquist has served two terms as State Representative in House District 23 and is now in his third term as State Senator in District 12, which is comprised of House Districts 23 and 24.