Hass is Chair of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee, is Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Tax Credits, and serves on both the Senate Education Committee and Senate Committee on General Government and Accountability.
Throughout his time in the Legislature, Hass has been a key player on tax and education policy. His first bill passed into law created tax incentives for businesses to create college scholarship programs for their employees. Hass is an outspoken leader on the need to reform Oregon's volatile tax code and advocates a plan that balances changes in Oregon's tax code to increase revenue with common-sense reforms of government spending. He also championed full-day kindergarten, higher education reforms, and the Oregon Promise.
Prior to serving in the Legislature, Hass spent 20 years as a journalist. Most notably at KATU television where Hass won an Emmy Award in 1998 for writing.
When he's not serving in the Legislature, Hass works in the private sector as an account manager for Cappelli Miles, an advertising and brand identity firm with offices in Portland and Eugene.
Hass graduated from Tigard High School and earned a B.S. from the Journalism School at the University of Oregon and an M.A. from American University in Washington D.C. In 1995, Hass founded the Hass Journalism Scholarship to help young Oregonians pursue careers in journalism.
His wife Tamra, who grew up in Pendleton, is a speech pathologist. She has spent her career specializing in helping children with autism and Asperger's Syndrome and has co-written several books and CD manuals for teachers and parents.
They are the proud parents of two children, Isabelle and Samuel. They also have two golden retrievers, Gilbert and Ellie.