Jeff Kruse

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Jeff Kruse
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Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 1st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2005
Preceded by Bill Fisher
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 45th (to 2002), later 7th district
In office
1997–2004
Preceded by Bill Fisher
Succeeded by Bruce Hanna
Personal details
Born (1951-09-07) September 7, 1951 (age 62)
Oregon
Political party Republican
Residence Roseburg, Oregon
Alma mater Willamette University
Occupation Farmer
Religion Christian

Jeff Kruse (born September 7, 1951) is a Republican member of the Oregon Senate, representing the 1st District[1] since 2005. Previously he was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 1996 through 2004. He was re-elected in 2008 for another four-year term.

In July 2013, Sen. Kruse gained national attention by appearing in a CNN video news story about a Bill he sponsored. His Bill would reverse an existing Oregon law requiring public schools to remove what some colleagues consider "racist" and "insensitive" references to Native Americans on their sports team's uniforms. Prior to the enactment of the 2012 Oregon law, the State Superintendent of Schools had determined that the continued use of Native American mascots has created a "hostile educational environment." Schools have been given until 2017 to comply with the required change. In defending his Bill, Sen. Kruse has asked: "do we change the entire world for the small few [sic]?[2]

Committees[edit]

Kruse sits on the following Senate Committees:

  • Education and General Government, Vice Chair
  • Health and Human Services, Vice Chair
  • Public Education Appropriation, Member
  • Services to Seniors and People with Disabilities, Vice Chair

Kruse is a member of the following non-legislative Senate Committees:

  • Douglas County Planning Advisory Committee
  • Farm Home Administration County Committee
  • Governor's Mental Health Work Group
  • SICA Committee

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