|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 5th district
January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Darlene Hooley|
|Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 20th district
2003 – 2008
|Preceded by||Verne Duncan|
|Succeeded by||Martha Schrader|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 23rd district
|Preceded by||Jerry Grisham|
|Succeeded by||Wayne Scott|
October 19, 1951 |
|Spouse(s)||Martha Northam Schrader (1975-2011)|
|Alma mater||Cornell University, University of Illinois|
Kurt Schrader (born October 19, 1951) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Oregon's 5th congressional district since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party and previously served in both houses of the Oregon Legislative Assembly.
Early life, education, and early career
Schrader was born in Connecticut and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1973. While at Cornell, Schrader met Martha Northam and the two were married in 1975. Schrader earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois in 1977. A year later, the Schraders moved to Oregon, and Kurt opened the Clackamas County Veterinary Clinic in Oregon City, to begin his veterinary practice.
Schrader served for 16 years on the Canby Planning Commission.
After winning his first election in 1996, Schrader served four terms in the Oregon House of Representatives. Schrader ran for the Oregon House of Representatives in 1994, where he lost to Republican Jerry Grisham in the general election by 38 votes. In 1996, Schrader ran again; and this time defeated Paul Kraxburger. He was subsequently reelected to the House in 1998 and 2000.
In 2002, Schrader ran for the Oregon State Senate seat vacated by the retiring Verne Duncan, representing the 20th district in southwestern Clackamas County, including the cities of Barlow, Canby, Gladstone, Johnson City, Oregon City and portions of Milwaukie. He defeated fellow Oregon House member Kathy Lowe in a contentious Democratic primary, and then faced no Republican opposition in the general election. Martha Schrader was the Democratic nominee to succeed her husband, but lost in the general election to Wayne Scott. She served as a Clackamas County commissioner until 2009, when she was appointed by the same commission (with Martha recusing herself from voting) to replace her husband in the State Senate.
In the Oregon Senate, Schrader served as co-chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee in the 2003 and 2005 sessions, as well as chair of the Interim Joint Legislative Audit Committee in the 2005 session. To prepare for his House seat, Schrader resigned effective December 17.
U.S. House of Representatives
In May 2008, Schrader won the Democratic nomination for Oregon's 5th congressional district for the seat being vacated by Darlene Hooley. In the general election, Schrader defeated Republican Mike Erickson, winning election to the U.S. House. Schrader won the election with 54 percent of the vote to Erickson's 38 percent. Schrader won all seven of the counties in the 5th congressional district, though he posted a plurality win in Polk County.
Schrader was challenged by Republican nominee and Oregon State Representative Scott Bruun and Pacific Green nominee Chris Lugo. Despite several polls showing Bruun ahead and expert tracker Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight predicting Schrader would likely lose his bid for reelection, the final vote tally had Schrader winning by a fairly comfortable five-point margin, picking up 51% of the vote to Bruun's 46%. It was the closest House race in Oregon in 2010, a year in which Republicans picked up at least 63 House seats, but only one on the West Coast.
Schrader is a political moderate, breaking with his party more frequently than 63% of the Democratic Caucus.
Representative Schrader is pro-choice and has gotten a 100 rating from both Planned Parenthood and the NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League). In May 2012, Representative Schrader opposed and voted against the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2012, introduced by Republican Representative Trent Franks of Arizona. The bill proposed imposing criminal penalties for giving abortions in special cases, notably when based on gender, race or color of the child or parent.
- The Environment
Representative Schrader has received a score of 66% from the Environment America and an 83% from the Sierra Club for his position on Clean Water. The League of Conservation Voters gave him a score of 93. Representative Schrader is a strong supporter of alternative energy. He, along with Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, helped award a grant in September 2012, from the Department of Energy to the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC). The grant will be used to create a new ocean energy test facility to test wave energy. “The expansion of Oregon State University’s wave energy technology research furthers our tradition of blazing the trail to a secure energy future,” Schrader said of the grant.
- Health Care
Representative Schrader received a 100% rating from the Children’s Health Fund. In 2010 he received a 100% from American Public Health Association. He firmly supports the Affordable Care Act. Schrader is the Co-Chair (along with Pennsylvania Representative Allyson Schwartz) of the New Dem Health Care Task Force, which set forth an agenda of increasing the health care system efficiency to “more effectively implement health care policy in this country that improves payment and delivery systems” Representative Schrader said. The New Democrats introduced legislation to improve research for doctors and nurses to give them tools to make the best decisions for their patients. Under the leadership of Representative Schrader, this legislation was included in the Affordable Care Act.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Small Business
- Congressional Arts Caucus
Schrader and former Oregon state senator Martha Schrader divorced in 2011. Every one of Schrader's predecessors in the 5th District has also divorced while serving in that office: Denny Smith, Mike Kopetski, Jim Bunn and Darlene Hooley. He has five children. 
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- "Oregon – Clackamas County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved April 14, 2008.
- Congressman Kurt Schrader official U.S. House site
- Kurt Schrader for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography at NNDB
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Congressional profile at Roll Call
- Fact-checking at PolitiFact.com
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Financial investments (personal) at The Washington Post
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Clackamas County Veterinary Clinic
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 5th congressional district
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|Representatives to the 111th–113th United States Congresses from Oregon (ordered by seniority)|
|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|