|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 2nd district
January 3, 1999
|Preceded by||Bob Smith|
|Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 28th district
|Preceded by||Wes Cooley|
|Succeeded by||Ted Ferrioli|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 56th district
|Preceded by||Wayne H. Fawbush|
|Succeeded by||Bob Montgomery|
January 10, 1957 |
The Dalles, Oregon
|Residence||Hood River, Oregon|
|Alma mater||University of Oregon|
|Occupation||Former broadcasting executive|
Gregory Paul Walden (born January 10, 1957) is the U.S. Representative for Oregon's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1999. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is the only Republican representative in the state of Oregon.
Early life, education and career
Walden served as Press Secretary and Chief of Staff to Congressman Denny Smith from 1981 to 1987. He was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1988 and served in the House until 1995, when he was appointed to the Oregon State Senate to fill a vacancy. Walden rose to the position of assistant majority leader in the Senate and was considering a bid for Oregon Governor in 1994. However, upon discovering that the son he and his wife were expecting had a heart defect, Walden decided to not run for Governor and to not seek re-election to the state Senate. Their son died soon after birth.
In 1996, Walden announced he was running for the 2nd District as an independent. The district's freshman Republican incumbent, Wes Cooley, whose 1994 campaign Walden had managed, had been caught in several lies about his military service. Cooley's reelection chances were already in serious jeopardy, but it was generally believed that an independent bid by Walden would allow the Democrats to sneak up the middle and win a seat they hadn't held since 1981. Ultimately, the Republicans persuaded Cooley's predecessor, Robert F. Smith, to come out of retirement.
Smith didn't run for reelection in 1998, and endorsed Walden as his successor. Walden easily won the Republican primary and breezed to election in November and has been reelected five times. Though his district contains some liberal-leaning communities such as Ashland, most of the district leans heavily Republican, and Walden has always been reelected easily. In 2002, he defeated Democrat Peter Buckley, who later became a member of the Oregon House of Representatives. In 2006, Walden defeated Democratic candidate Carol Voisin, and in 2008 he won a sixth term with 70% of the vote over Democrat Noah Lemas and Pacific Green Tristin Mock. Following the defeat of Senator Gordon Smith in the 2008 elections, Walden became the only Republican to represent Oregon in the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
From 2010 to 2011, Walden gave up his seat on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, at Republican leadership request so that Parker Griffith, who had recently switched parties, could take his spot on that committee.
Walden is also a member of the centrist Republican Main Street Partnership.
The following is an incomplete list of legislation that Walden introduced into the House of Representatives.
- Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act (H.R. 2640; 113th Congress) - a land-use and water bill related to the Crooked River in Oregon and the Bowman Dam. H.R. 2640 would modify features of the Crooked River Project located in central Oregon, north of the city of Prineville, and prioritize how water from the project would be allocated for different uses.
- Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 3675; 113th Congress) - a bill that would make a number of changes to procedures that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) follows in its rulemaking processes. The FCC would have to act in a more transparent way as a result of this bill, forced to accept public input about regulations. Walden indicated that the bill was written in response, among other things, to a proposed FCC study on the decisions made by newspaper editorial boards. Walden argued that "Americans deserve greater... transparency and accountability from their government," particularly because "an item as controversial as this study made it all the way through the FCC without so much as a commission vote." The study was deemed "dangerous" because it the free speech and freedom of the press rights of the newspapers.
Walden and his wife, Mylene, live in Hood River with their son Anthony. They are members of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America and participate in local civic groups such as the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce.
On October 20, 2009, it was reported that Walden was the first Member of Congress to contract the H1N1-A (Swine Flu) Virus.
On January 31, 2007, Walden sold Columbia Gorge Broadcasting, which runs five stations in the eastern Columbia River Gorge, to Bicoastal Columbia River LLC in order to avoid any conflict of interest that might arise with his congressional duties.
|2012||Joyce B. Segers||96,741||29.16%||Greg Walden||228,043||68.73%||Joe Tabor||7,025||2.12%||No candidate||No Candidate||No Candidate|
|2010||Joyce B. Segers||72,173||25.86%||Greg Walden||206,245||73.91%||No candidate||No candidate||No Candidate||No Candidate|
|2008||Noah Lemas||87,649||25.75%||Greg Walden||236,560||69.49%||No candidate||No candidate||Richard D. Hake||5,817||1.70%||Tristin Mock||9,668||2.84%|
|2006||Carol Voisin||82,484||30.35%||Greg Walden||181,529||66.80%||No candidate||No candidate||Jack Allen Brown Jr.||7,193||2.64%||No candidate|
|2004||John C. McColgan||88,914||25.63%||Greg Walden||248,461||71.64%||Jim Lindsay||4,792||1.38%||No candidate||Jack Allen Brown Jr.||4,060||1.17%||No candidate|
|2002||Peter Buckley||64,991||25.76%||Greg Walden||181,295||71.86%||Mike Wood||5,681||2.25%||No candidate||No candidate||No candidate|
|2000||Walter Ponsford||78,101||26.12%||Greg Walden||220,086||73.63%||No candidate||No candidate||No candidate||No candidate|
|1998||Kevin M. Campbell||74,924||34.81%||Greg Walden||132,316||61.48%||Lindsey Bradshaw||4,729||2.19%||Rohn Webb||2,773||1.28%||No candidate||No candidate|
- "Oregon Legislative Assembly (56th) 1971 Regular Session". Oregon State Archives (official website). Oregon Secretary of State. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-08.
- "Guide to the New Congress". CQ Roll Call. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-24.
- Wong, Peter (April 26, 1998). "Profile: Walden hopes to snag May 19 GOP primary win". Mail Tribune. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
- Meet the GOP transition leader: Greg Walden, WhoRunsGov.com, November 8, 2010
- "Walden Rises Up From Obscurity". Roll Call. National Republican Congressional Committee. March 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
- Chu, Keith (2007-07-10). C. "Another day, another caucus". Bend Bulletin.
- "Walden, Blumenauer Statement on Mt. Hood Trek". house.gov. 19 August 2005. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
- "H.R. 2640 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- "CBO - H.R. 2640". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- "H.R. 3675 - CBO". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
- Kasperowicz, Pete (11 March 2014). "House votes for more transparency at the FCC". The Hill. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- First lawmaker diagnosed with 'likely' swine flu, an October 20, 2009 blog post from The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
- "U.S. Rep. Walden sells radio stations in Columbia Gorge". Associated Press (kgw.com). February 1, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-02-26.
- http://oregonvotes.org/other.info/stelec.htm Retrieved 5/21/2010
- Congressman Greg Walden official U.S. House website
- Greg Walden for Congress
- Greg Walden at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Profile at SourceWatch
- Greg Walden at The Oregonian
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 2nd congressional district
|Party political offices|
|Chairman of National Republican Congressional Committee
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|Congressional delegations to the 106th–113th United States Congresses from Oregon (ordered by seniority)|
|106th||Senate: R. Wyden | G. Smith||House: P. DeFazio | E. Blumenauer | D. Hooley | G. Walden | D. Wu|
|107th||Senate: R. Wyden | G. Smith||House: P. DeFazio | E. Blumenauer | D. Hooley | G. Walden | D. Wu|
|108th||Senate: R. Wyden | G. Smith||House: P. DeFazio | E. Blumenauer | D. Hooley | G. Walden | D. Wu|
|109th||Senate: R. Wyden | G. Smith||House: P. DeFazio | E. Blumenauer | D. Hooley | G. Walden | D. Wu|
|110th||Senate: R. Wyden | G. Smith||House: P. DeFazio | E. Blumenauer | D. Hooley | G. Walden | D. Wu|
|111th||Senate: R. Wyden | J. Merkley||House: P. DeFazio | E. Blumenauer | G. Walden | D. Wu | K. Schrader|
|112th||Senate: R. Wyden | J. Merkley||House: P. DeFazio | E. Blumenauer | G. Walden | D. Wu | K. Schrader|
|113th||Senate: R. Wyden | J. Merkley||House: P. DeFazio | E. Blumenauer | G. Walden | K. Schrader | S. Bonamici|