PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — This year, Oregon’s congressional contingent all managed to win reelection.
- Democrat Earl Blumenauer defeated Progressive David Delk and Independent David Walker.
- Republican Greg Walden defeated Democrat James Crary.
- Democrat Suzanne Bonamici defeated Republican Brian Heinrich and Libertarian Kyle Sheahan.
- Democrat Peter DeFazio defeated Republican Art Robinson, Green Party candidate Mike Beilstein and Libertarian Gil Guthrie.
- Democrat Kurt Schrader defeated Republican Colm Willis and Green Party candidate Marvin Sandnes.
Every 2 years, all 435 members of the United States House of Representatives are up for election. Most of the incumbents easily win re-election, if they run.
This year, Oregon’s congressional contingent were all favored to win handily.
Suzanne Bonamici, Greg Walden, Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader faced, respectively, Brian Heinrich, Jim Crary, David Walker, Art Robinson and Colm Willis.
The only Republican in the Oregon delegation is Walden. He was first elected to the 2nd Congressional seat in 1998 and will turn 60 in January.
Upon winning, Walden released the following statement:
“I want to thank the voters of southern, central, and eastern Oregon for your support and the trust you have placed in me to represent you in our nation’s capital once again. A big thank you, also, goes out to the many volunteers and supporters who have helped my campaign. Your hard work and dedication helped push our strong efforts over the finish line.
“Know that I will continue to do all I can to listen to you and give you the strong and effective voice in federal issues that you deserve and expect. We must continue to fight for those who fought for us and our way of life, our veterans and active duty military. And we must continue to work to grow jobs in our communities, stand up against an overreaching federal government, and reduce the government’s spending and debt. Together, we can get our part of Oregon and America on a better path.”
Bonamici, 62, went to Congress in a special election in 2012.
The 68-year-old Blumenauer, known for his bow ties and bicycle pin, has been a member of the US Congress since 1996.
DeFazio is the longest serving member of the Oregon congressional contingent. The 69-year-old was first elected to the US House in 1986.
Schrader, 65, first went to Congress in 2008 after spending 11 years in the Oregon state house and senate.