|photo credit: Democratic Party of Oregon|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 38th district
|Preceded by||Richard Devlin|
|Succeeded by||Chris Garrett|
May 3, 1950 |
|Residence||Lake Oswego, Oregon|
Gregory Hector "Greg" Macpherson (born May 3, 1950 in Corvallis, Oregon) is a Democratic politician in the US state of Oregon. From 2003 to 2009, he served as the state representative from District 38, which includes most of Lake Oswego and portions of southwestern Portland.
Early life 
Macpherson grew up in rural Linn County. His father, Hector Jr., served in the Oregon State Senate and was a cosponsor of the 1973 law that established Oregon's land-use planning system. His grandfather, Hector Sr., served in the Oregon House of Representatives and helped found the Oregon Department of Education.
Macpherson earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1972 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1975. He was admitted to the Oregon bar in 1975. An employee benefits attorney for more than 30 years, he is a currently a partner at Stoel Rives LLP in Portland.
Political career 
In 2002, Macpherson was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives, defeating Republican Jim Zupancic. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2006. In the Oregon House, he played a prominent role opposing Measure 37, a controversial ballot initiative that invalidated much of Oregon's land use regulation. He was the plaintiff in Macpherson v. Department of Administrative Services, an unsuccessful challenge to Measure 37's constitutionality. As chair of the House Judiciary Committee, he was instrumental in writing Measure 49, a 2007 ballot measure that scaled back some of Measure 37's provisions.
In 2006, Macpherson was one of only three Democrats in the Oregon legislature who urged the PUC to oppose refunding Portland General Electric (PGE) customers who had been illegally overcharged by the utility. Enron, the parent company of PGE, was a client of Macpherson’s law firm.
He was a candidate for Oregon Attorney General in 2008, running to succeed incumbent Hardy Myers, but lost in the Democratic primary to John Kroger. In 2012, Macpherson announced that he would run for mayor of his hometown of Lake Oswego.
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