|Ben Cannon at a coffee talk at Sweetness Bakery in Southeast Portland, February 2009|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 46th district
|Preceded by||Steve March|
|Succeeded by||Alissa Keny-Guyer|
|Alma mater||Oxford University, Washington University in St. Louis|
Ben Cannon is an American teacher and politician from Oregon. He was elected in 2006 to the Oregon House of Representatives, representing the state's 46th District, which covers portions of southeast and northeast Portland. He was unopposed for re-election in 2008. In 2011, he resigned to become the education advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber.
A graduate of West Linn High School in West Linn, Oregon, Cannon was educated at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he edited the campus newspaper and co-authored Walking Historic Downtown St. Louis (2000). He won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in 1999, and went to Corpus Christi College, Oxford. There he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics before taking a graduate degree in Comparative and International Education. Cannon returned to Oregon to become a middle school teacher at the Arbor School of Arts and Sciences in Tualatin.
He was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2007. Cannon was the main sponsor for House Bill 2461 a controversial bill that called for a 1900% increase in the Oregon beer tax, then among the nation's lowest. The proposed hike would have made the tax the nation's highest and would have been the single largest tax increase on the brewing industry in the United States history. The bill came under fire from supporters of an industry that in Oregon provides 5,200 direct jobs and an estimated 10,000 indirect jobs. and did not get out of committee by the end of the session.
- Project Vote Smart – Representative Ben Cannon (OR) profile
- Follow the Money – Ben Cannon
- 2006 campaign contributions
- Campaign website
- "2009 Beer Tax R.I.P". The Oregonian. June 18, 2009.
- "This Tax Is for You". Wall Street Journal. April 15, 2009.
- Har, Janie (August 16, 2011). "Gov. John Kitzhaber picks Rep. Ben Cannon as top education adviser". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 16, 2011.