Richard Devlin began his service in the Oregon Legislature after being elected to the House of Representatives in 1996. He served three terms in the House before his election to the Oregon Senate in 2002 and was the Senate Majority Leader from 2007-2010.
Sen. Devlin currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee. Prior to becoming co-chair, he served as a member on the Committee for several sessions, starting in 2003. He has chaired the Ways and Means Subcommittees on Education and Natural Resources, and served on the Subcommittee on Capital Construction, Public Safety, and General Government.
In addition to his work on Joint Ways and Means, Sen. Devlin was chair of the Senate Rules and Executive Appointment Committee during the 2007/08 interim and 2009 session, and currently serves on the Joint Audits Committee and the Emergency Board. Throughout his career, Senator Devlin has been a leading advocate on education and child safety issues.
Sen. Devlin also serves on numerous boards and commissions including the Oregon BEST (Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies) Board, the Infrastructure Finance Authority, the Hanford Advisory Council, and is the past chair of the NCSL Budget and Revenue Committee.
Sen. Devlin is a former member of the Tualatin Parks Advisory Committee, the Tualatin City Council, and the Metro Council. During his two terms on the Metro Council, Sen. Devlin chaired regional committees on green space conservation, intergovernmental relations, land use, transportation, and water issues.
Sen. Devlin was born in Eugene and earned his Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Portland State University and his Master of Arts in management from Pepperdine University. Sen. Devlin's occupational background is in adult and juvenile corrections and civil and criminal investigations, and he served in the United States Marine Corps. He resides in Tualatin with his wife Eliza. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.