Senator Arnie Roblan represents the scenic and rugged central Oregon coast comprising the 5th Senate District. Previously Senator Roblan served 4 terms as Representative for House District 9, two terms as Co-Speaker.
During his tenure as the Co-Speaker -- in a House divided between 30 Democrats and Republicans — for the 2011-12 legislative sessions, Senator Roblan became the driving force behind legislation that would help move Oregon forward on important issues. At the conclusion of the 2012 Legislative Session, he was able to complete his work on issues that benefited all Oregonians and particular those in his rural and coastal region:
- Passage of the Oregon Investment Act, Oregon Credit Enhancement Act and expansion of Enterprise Zones throughout the state;
- Passage of Health Care Transformation and the Health Insurance Exchange to improve quality and access to care while reducing costs for all Oregonians;
- Passage of the Early Learning Council and the Oregon Education Investment Board Achievement Compacts to move Oregon further down the road on important efforts to educate the next generation of critical thinkers and entrepreneurs;
- Passage of Senate foreclosure protection to ensure that all homeowners have access to face-to-face mediation.
Senator Roblan's commitment to his community long precedes his election to public office. He is a founding boardmember of Friends of New and Sustainable Industry (FONSI) and has served on the boards of several local organizations, including the Coos Bay/ North Bend Water Board, the Coos Educators Federal Credit Union, Belloni Ranch, YMCA Youth in Government and the Oregon Coastal Environments Network (OCEAN). Senator Arnie Roblan also served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Southwestern Oregon Transportation and Economic Development Workgroup, the Oregon Education Accountability Roundtable, the Governance Group of the Capitol Restoration Project, the Coastal Caucus and the Chalkboard Project.
A former math teacher and principal of Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon, Senator Roblan earned his B.A. degree from the University of Washington in 1971 and his M.A. degree from the University of Oregon in 1983. He began his lengthy career teaching mathematics at Marshfield High School. He was soon promoted to Dean of Students, later to Assistant Principal and finally, in 1989, to Principal.
Senator Roblan's received the Milken Education Award in 1997 and, in 2002, was recognized by his alma mater as a University of Oregon Distinguished Alumnus. In 2011, the Oregon Business Association named him Statesman of the Year Award in recognition of his extraordinary achievements for public service, consensus building, and forging collaborative solutions to critical issues facing Oregon. In 2012, he was honored with the “Public Officials of the Year” awards from Governing Magazine.
Senator Arnie Roblan and his wife Arlene, who have lived in Coos Bay for the past 35 years, raised three wonderful children of whom he is very proud.