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Legislator PhotoRepresentative Gary Leif

Republican - District 2 - Roseburg

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1402
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-386, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: rep.garyleif@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/leif

 
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Bio – Gary Leif 2018
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Representative Leif was raised in Douglas County. Gary became involved in public service to serve the people 35 years ago. Gary brings people together to protect our history and to build a future for our children and grandchildren, so they can stay right here with jobs, in Southern Oregon. Gary recognizes that rural Oregon stands at a critical crossroad both socially and economically and is excited to be a leader in Salem.

As a past County Commissioner and successful retired business owner for 40 years, he will bring a unique understanding to our legislature. Gary is known as a bridge-builder, bringing diverse groups together for common goals…

Professional and Educational Background:
Umpqua Community College – Business & Accounting
Brooks Institute (Santa Barbara, CA)
UCSB – University California State (Santa Barbara, CA)
Business Owner 40 Years & Real Estate Developer
105th Douglas County Commissioner
Oregon State Representative HD2



Current and Past Community Activities:
Governor Appointed - Oregon Coastal Port Commission Study
Honored as a First Citizen – Chamber of Commerce
President of Douglas County Chamber of Commerce
President of Winston Area Chamber of Commerce
Chairman of Roseburg Air Ambulance Life Support
Board Member Winston/Dillard Fire Department
Planning Commission Member
Chairman - Roseburg Downtown Development Board
Chairman Umpqua Training and Employment
Chairman - Families United for a Drug Free Youth
Board Member Cobb Street School
Roseburg Harvest Commission
Vice Chair Roseburg Visitor & Convention Commission
Waterfront Development Commission
Board member Portland Avenue Project
Vice President Roseburg Town Center
President Downtown Roseburg Association
Committee Chair DRA Downtown Design Committee & Economic Dev.
Board Member City of Roseburg Economic Development Commission
UCAN Homeless Coalition Board Member
Elks Scholarship Chairman
Board Member SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
Ford Leadership Graduate
Chairman Downtown Roseburg Association
Treasurer Umpqua Business Center
Board Member Professional Photographers of Oregon
Board Member Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Treasurer - Pegasus Home Owners Association
President of “STRD” Save the Riders Dunes – Oversees OHV on the Dunes
Chairman of CASA of Douglas County (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
PCP – Precinct Committee Person - Republican Party
Douglas County Smart Energy Board (Solar Energy Group)
UCC Business Advisory Board
Board Member - Umpqua Business Center
UCAN Board of Directors
AOC Association of Oregon Counties – County College Certificate of Completion
McClellan Humanitarian Award – Chamber of Commerce – For service & dedication
Board Member – “SOWIB” Southwestern Oregon Investment Board
Rotary Member – Reedsport
Board Member – Volunteer Foundation
Liaison Commissioner - “HADCO” Housing Authority of Douglas County
Liaison to Seniors Services
Liaison Commissioner – Juvenile
Saving Grace Animal Pet Control and Adoption – Liaison Commissioner
Liaison Commissioner – County Treasurer
Created and Chaired Library Task Force – To reopen Closed Libraries
Liaison Commissioner – County Clerk
Created Coastal Museum Winchester Bay Lighthouse Committee
Lower Umpqua Economic Development
Liaison Commissioner – Surveyor​

He currently serves on two committees: House Interim Committee on Business and Labor, and House Interim Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development.


Southern Oregon is a special place where business owners, non-profit organizations and elected officials form a team that focuses on economic development along with support systems underpinning our children and families during their time of need. We face the challenges of a changing economic landscape combined with a lack of focus, support and understanding from the Legislature. I want to bring my experience and understanding for our challenges to Salem. As a retired successful business owner for 40 years, managing through two recessions with multiple locations, I will bring a unique understanding to our legislature.

Rural Oregon is a land of hard working people who believe in family values and the American dream. I know the dreams and aspirations of our district and will bring your voice forward. I believe in open and transparent government processes that uphold the history and vision of our wonderful area. As a past County Commissioner, I’ve show include solutions for our closed Libraries continuing without taxpayer dollars, turning on public cameras, conducting after-hour public meetings and showing an outstanding social-media presence.

My office will serve to represent the needs of my district, support each resident when they need help with state agencies, ensure that our economic needs are fully represented and seek to rebalance the state vision and resources against all of Oregon, not just the urban areas...​


 
  
  
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