State Representative Paul Holvey reciently retired as a representative for The Pacific Northwest Carpenters – part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.
Representative Holvey began as a carpentry apprentice before becoming a journeyman in the carpenters union, and has worked for various contractors in Oregon, Washington, California and Alaska as a carpenter, foreman and project superintendent. He also has previous experience in real estate sales and appraisal and construction contracting.
Representative Holvey was originally appointed to House District 8 by the Lane County Board of Commissioners in January 2004 and was elected to office in November 2004.
At the beginning of the 2007 session, Representative Holvey was appointed to Chair the newly-created House Committee on Consumer Protection. In that capacity, he is proud to have championed many important bills, including capping payday loans, bringing an end to mortgage foreclosure rescue scams, and protecting children from dangerous products.
During his time serving in the legislature, Representative Holvey has championed a wide range of legislation important to Oregonians, such as expanding solar technology, assisting domestic violence victims with unemployment insurance needs, helping small businesses with licensing, implementing the Forest Legacy program in Oregon, ensuring safety in children's products, enacting homeowner mortgage protections, and ending field burning in the Willamette Valley.
Representative Holvey currently serves as Chair of the House Committee on Business and Labor. Additionally he also sits on House Committees on Consumer Protection and Government Efficiency, Energy and Environment, and Oregon Dept of Energy Oversight as a Co-Chair. He looks forward to continuing his service to House District 8.
Representative Holvey attended Lane Community College, Central Washington University, and the University of Oregon. He also received a certificate from the University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center and has had professional training in labor-management relations.
Representative Holvey currently serves as Chair of the Siuslaw National Forest Resource Advisory Committee, Chair of the Office of Administrative Hearings Oversight Committee. Previously, he has served on a joint apprenticeship and training Committee for the Oregon-SW Washington Carpenters and as a Board Member of the former Lane Business Education Compact. Additionally, Representative Holvey served as the Secretary/Treasurer of Carpenters Local #1273 in Eugene from 1997-2004, served on the Lane Community College Citizen Advisory Committee, and was the first Vice-President of the Lane County Labor Council.
Representative Holvey has been recognized by the Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council for Meritorious Service, received a Certificate of Recognition from the Chair of the Lane County Board of Commissioners, received an award from the Eugene Human Rights Commission in recognition for his community contributions, and was recognized by the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association for his legislative advocacy. He has also been recognized by the Oregon Nurses Association and the Humane Society.
Representative Holvey lives in Eugene with his wife Terrie and his Yorkshire Terrier. His son Justin and his wife Carla have a lively daughter named Natalie and an adorable son named Kyle!