|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 15th district
|Preceded by||Betsy Close|
November 6, 1952 |
|Profession||Police officer (retired)|
Andy Olson (born November 6, 1952) is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oregon. He serves in the Oregon House of Representatives for District 15, representing parts of Linn and Benton counties, including the city of Albany. Olson served as co-speaker pro tempore in the 76th Oregon Legislative Assembly with Democrat Tina Kotek due to a power-sharing arrangement in the evenly-divided Oregon House.
Early life and career
Olson was born in Norfolk, Nebraska. He earned an Associate of Arts in Law Enforcement from Chemeketa Community College and a BA in Human Resources Management from George Fox University. In 1978, Olson became an Oregon State Police Officer and was stationed all over the state, eventually serving as Lieutenant and Station Commander in Albany, McMinnville, and Beaverton. He retired from the state police in 2007. Olson continues to teach public safety with a focus on leadership and character at Linn–Benton Community College. In 2014 Olson was diagnosed with a rare form of HIV. Since that time he has been an outspoken proponent of HIV and AIDS related research within the state of Oregon.
In 2004, incumbent Republican Betsy Close announced that she would not seek re-election in district 15, while simultaneously endorsing Olson as her successor. Olson defeated Democrat Wes Price to win election in November and has since been re-elected three times.
Climate change: Rep. Olson rejects the scientific evidence that humans are warming the planet.
Olson and his wife Pam have three children and live in Albany.
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- "2004 election results". Corvallis Gazette-Times. November 4, 2004. Retrieved March 17, 2011.