Oregon re-elects all US House reps

All the incumbents won

Rep. Earl Blumenauer spoke about his re-election to the US House of Representatives, Nov. 4, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer spoke about his re-election to the US House of Representatives, Nov. 4, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democrat Kurt Schrader has been re-elected to the U.S. House.

Schrader defeated Republican Tootie Smith and two minor party candidates Tuesday.

Schrader is a veterinarian from Canby who has built a voting record as a centrist Democrat.

He’ll begin his fourth term in January representing Oregon’s most competitive congressional district. After two very tough races, Schrader has more recently faced easier re-election battles.

Smith is a conservative member of the Clackamas County Commission. She did not raise the large sum of money that would be required to mount a serious challenge against the incumbent.

Oregon’s 5th Congressional District covers much of Clackamas and Marion counties, including Portland suburbs and Salem.

Peter DeFazio wins rematch against Art Robinson

Voters are returning Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio to the U.S. House.

For the third consecutive election, DeFazio defeated Republican Art Robinson on Tuesday.

DeFazio, who lives in Springfield, has represented Oregon’s 4th Congressional District since the 1980s. He’s built a liberal voting record and is active on issues that include transportation and forestry.

Robinson is chairman of the Oregon Republican Party. He runs a research institute on his property in Cave Junction, near the California border, and sells a home-schooling curriculum. He espouses a tea-party ideology critical of what he calls an overreaching government.

The 4th Congressional District includes the southern Willamette Valley and the South Coast.

Republican Greg Walden will return to US House

Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Walden will be returning to Congress.

Voters in Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District overwhelmingly re-elected him Tuesday.

Walden defeated Democrat Aelea Christofferson of Bend, a business owner and former Cover Oregon board member, along with Libertarian Sharon Durbin.

Walden lives in Hood River and formerly owned radio stations in the Columbia River Gorge. He’s among the most senior Republicans in the House. He heads the House GOP’s election committee and often sides with the party’s establishment wing against the tea party.

The district covers the western two-thirds of the state and a portion of Southern Oregon. It’s the state’s largest district and the only one that favors Republicans.

Democrat Suzanne Bonamici re-elected to US House

Democratic Rep. Suzanne Bonamici has been elected to her second full term in the U.S. House.

She defeated Republican Jason Yates of Newberg and two minor party candidates Tuesday.

Bonamici is the only woman and the newest member in Oregon’s congressional delegation.

She is a lawyer and former state legislator who won a special election in 2012. She’s worked on improving science, technology and arts education. She also has pushed to secure money for cleanup of coastal debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Yates is a service manager for a pest control company. He advocated repealing the Affordable Care Act and passing a balanced budget amendment.

The district stretches from Portland’s western suburbs to the coast, covering much of Northwestern Oregon. It heavily favors Democrats.

Voters return Democrat Earl Blumenauer to Congress

Voters in Portland have returned U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer to Congress

Blumenauer defeated Republican James Buchal and three minor-party candidates Tuesday.

The Portland Democrat represents Oregon’s most liberal congressional district.

Buchal is a conservative lawyer and government skeptic who was the GOP’s nominee for attorney general in 2012. He did not raise the money for a robust campaign against Blumenauer.

Blumenauer has had a long career in elected office before he went to Congress. He’s championed public transit, cycling and urban planning, and he’s been a vocal advocate for legalizing marijuana.

Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District covers most of Portland and East Multnomah County as well as a portion of Clackamas County.

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