Charlie Hales

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Charlie Hales
Charlie Hales in 2011.jpg
52nd Mayor of Portland, Oregon
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded by Sam Adams
Portland City Commissioner
In office
January 1993 – May 2002
Personal details
Born January 1956
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy Hales
Children 5
Alma mater University of Virginia
Website Mayor's website

Charles Andrew Hales (born January 1956), better known as Charlie Hales, is a politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. He is the current Mayor of Portland, having taken office on January 1, 2013,[1] and previously served on the Portland City Council, from 1993 to 2002.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Charles Andrew Hales was born in Washington, D.C., in January 1956.[3] His father, Alfred Ross Hales, Jr., was a structural engineer for the United States Navy and his mother, Carol Hales, was a homemaker. He had two older siblings but grew up "virtually as an only child".[3] Hales attended public schools in Alexandria, Virginia, and graduated from Thomas Edison High School in Fairfax County, where he participated in band and drama club. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in political theory.[3]


Hales was elected to Portland City Council in 1992 at age 36. Previously he was vice president for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. He was sworn-in as a City Commissioner – as city council members in Portland are called – in January 1993.[4]

During his tenure on the city council, Hales advocated for park funding,[5] MAX Light Rail and Portland Streetcar expansion, and minority representation within the Fire Bureau. He also became the first Portland politician to vote against Joint Terrorism Task Force involvement.[6]

Hales' attendance declined in 2001 during his campaign for the executive director position of the Port of Portland. At the end of May 2002,[7] part way through his third term, Hales left to take a position with HDR, Inc., an engineering firm, promoting streetcar transportation throughout the United States.[5][6] Following his departure from City Council, Hales told Willamette Week that he considered the 1994 parks bond measure and the streetcar to be his greatest achievements while in office.[5]

Hales considered running for mayor in 2004.[6]

In 2011, Hales announced that he would be a candidate for mayor in 2012.[6] On November 6, 2012, he defeated challenger Jefferson Smith,[8] receiving 61% of the vote.[9] He assumed office on January 1, 2013.[1]


Hales is married to his second wife, Nancy. Charlie and Nancy have five children and a dog.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Hales sworn in as new Portland mayor". KATU. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Schmidt, Brad (May 23, 2011). "Portland's competitive 2012 mayoral race under way with Charlie Hales' announcement". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Pein, Corey (April 11, 2012). "The Road to Hales: Charlie Hales is running for mayor based on his record. It's full of detours, roundabouts and switchbacks.". Willamette Week. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Mayer, James; and Barnes C. Ellis (January 5, 1993). "Katz takes swearing-in to Roosevelt High". The Oregonian, p. 1.
  5. ^ a b c Budnick, Nick; Schrag, John; Zusman, Mark (August 7, 2002). "You're a Good Man, Charlie Hales". Willamette Week. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Schmidt, Brad (May 23, 2011). "Charlie Hales says he's running for Portland mayor in 2012". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ Christ, Janet (May 30, 2002). "Hugs and flowers as Hales hits the road". The Oregonian, p. D2.
  8. ^ Slovic, Beth (November 6, 2012 (print edition November 7)). "Portland Mayor-elect Charlie Hales will work 'every day' to make city proud". The Oregonian. p. B1. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "November 2012 General Election - Official Results". Office of the City Auditor, Portland. December 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sam Adams
Mayor of Portland, Oregon
Succeeded by