Chuck Riley (Oregon politician)
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives|
|Preceded by||Mary Gallegos|
|Succeeded by||Katie Eyre Brewer|
|Alma mater||University of Illinois
Portland State University
Chuck Riley (born 1939) is an American politician in the state of Oregon. A native of Illinois, he is former consultant and former Democratic legislator in the Oregon House of Representatives. He served three terms representing District 29 which includes Hillsboro, Forest Grove, and Cornelius in western Washington County. He was the Democratic Party nominee for District 15 in the Oregon State Senate in 2010, losing to incumbent State Senator Bruce Starr.
Chuck Riley was born in 1939 in Illinois where he grew up on his father’s farm. In 1957, he graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon before enrolling in college. He took some classes at the University of Illinois, majoring in mathematics, before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1958. Riley remained in the Air Force until 1961 and spent some time at the Army Language School learning Russian. He later attended Southern Illinois University as an art major and worked for the school before moving to California where he worked at the Jet Propulsion Lab and for Santa Barbara County.
In 1979, he moved to Oregon and settled in Washington County west of Portland. He moved to Hillsboro in 1992 and worked for First Interstate Bank as a systems analyst. Riley also worked in the same position with Blue Cross of Oregon. He later ran his own computer consulting business. Riley is married to wife Katie Riley who teaches at Oregon Health & Sciences University, and they have four children. He enrolled at Portland State University where he majored in art.
In 2000, Riley enter politics and ran for a seat on the Hillsboro City Council, losing to incumbent Karen McKinney. The following year he ran for a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives as a Democrat to represent District 29, running unopposed in the primary election. In the November general election he lost to Republican Mary Gallegos by a total of 434 votes. In May 2004, Riley defeated Elena Uhing in the Democratic primary for the same district. Riley then defeated Gallegos in the November 2004 election for the same seat.
In 2006, he faced off against Terry Rilling in the district that has more Democratic voters than Republicans. Riley won with 55% of the vote to Rilling’s 45% in the November election. In the 2007-08 Legislature, Riley was chairman of the Government Accountability and Information Technology Committee in the House. During the 2008 special session he also served on the Consumer Protection and the Workforce and Economic Development committees.
Riley faced Rilling again in the November 2008 election for the House seat after Republican primary winner Jeff Duyck was later declared ineligible. Duyck’s property spans two districts and the county elections office miscalculated where he was registered to vote and thus which seat he was eligible to run for. Politically, Riley supported Measure 50 in 2007  and Measure 49 in 2007, and is pro-choice on the issue of abortion. In 2009, he announced he would run for a seat in the Oregon State Senate in 2010, challenging incumbent Republican Bruce Starr in District 15. Riley lost to Starr, and in 2011 ran for a seat on the school board for Portland Community College, losing in May to Deanna Palm.
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