Occupation: President and Founder of local software company; State Representative.
Occupational Background: OHSU researcher and faculty member; bicycle mechanic, smokestack tester.
Educational Background: B.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Mayo Clinic.
Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative.
Family: Married 30 years to Georgia Harker; two grown kids.
I've worked in education and healthcare and run my own technology business for 17 years. As a small business owner, I am convinced that in order for Oregon to prosper we need to have the courage and the will to create an environment that is profitable both for businesses and for the communities our businesses rely upon. Unless we properly fund our education system we are going to struggle to compete in the growing global economy. The days in which low skills could generate high pay are disappearing.
I joined the House of Representatives in June 2008 and was elected in November of 2008 to represent District 34. I look forward to continuing to work effectively with my colleagues to address these important issues:
Education: I am married to an educator and the father of a sophomore at University of Oregon, so I know increased school funding is critical. We can and we must strengthen education in Oregon from pre-K through college, while making college more affordable.
Business, jobs and the economy: I started a software business in my living room. It's now a national leader in its field with a reputation for solving problems and delivering on promises. I bring that same approach to Salem where we must combine existing resources with innovative ideas to create new jobs and solutions.
Healthcare: Finding affordable healthcare is a problem we all face. As a business owner, I provide coverage for my family and my employees. As Vice Chair of the House Health Care Committee, I've worked to make basic healthcare accessible and affordable to all Oregonians.
I'm proud to represent House District 34. Thank you for your continued support!
(This information furnished by Friends of Chris Harker.)