|Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 13th district
|Preceded by||Charles Starr|
|Succeeded by||Kim Thatcher|
Larry George (born circa 1968) is an American politician and businessman in Oregon. A Republican, he was a member of the Oregon State Senate representing District 13 from 2007 to 2015. He previously was the leader of the political group Oregonians In Action. He is part of the second father-son tandem to serve in the Oregon Senate.
Larry was born to Gary and Kathy George about 1968. The family that includes his two sisters Cheryl and Christy and two brothers Shaun and David, moved to Newberg, Oregon, when Larry was ten years old, where he was raised. Father Gary was a state senator, while mother Kathy is a commissioner in Yamhill County. He graduated from Newberg High School before attending Oregon State University in Corvallis. At Oregon State, George earned bachelor’s of science degrees in liberal arts and business administration.
George works in Newberg as the manager of his family’s hazelnut processing company, George Packing Company, and is host of his own talk show on radio stations KXL and KUIK. He also owns an advertising business that focuses on political advertising.
In 2000, George served as leader of the group Oregonians In Action that pushed for the passage of Oregon Ballot Measure 7, a property rights initiative. The group also supported Oregon Ballot Measure 37 in 2004 after the Oregon Supreme Court had invalidated Measure 7. George worked for the group from 1992 to 2002, and also assisted in the Measure 37 campaign.
In 2006, George ran against incumbent and family friend Charles Starr in the Republican primary for the District 13 Oregon Senate seat. The district covers parts of Washington, Clackamas, Yamhill, and Marion counties in the Willamette Valley. George defeated Starr in the primary and then won the November general election to win the four-year term. He defeated Democrat Rick Ross in the general election for the seat. He joined his father in the Senate as the second father-son team to serve at the same time, with the first being Charles Starr and his son Bruce Starr.
In 2007, the Oregon Legislative Assembly, a bi-annual meeting body, approved an experimental session to be held in February 2008, an off year for a regular legislative session. George opposed holding the session and sued to stop the meeting in December 2007. The Oregon Supreme Court in George v. Courtney, upheld the decision of the trial court and allowed the session to be held. George and political activist Ted Abram sued Senate President Peter Courtney, the Oregon Secretary of State, the Governor of Oregon, and Speaker of the House Jeff Merkley to prevent the session.
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