Oregon Commissioner of Labor

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The Oregon Commissioner of Labor is an elected government position in the U.S. state of Oregon. The commissioner is the chief executive of Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and serves a four-year term.[1]

The commissioner is also chairperson of the State Apprenticeship and Training Council and executive secretary of the Wage and Hour Commission. The commissioner enforces state laws related to employment, housing, and public accommodation with respect to discrimination, wages, hours of employment, working conditions, prevailing wage rates, and child labor. The commissioner also enforces discrimination related to vocational, professional, and trade schools, and administers licensing required by many professional services. The commissioner oversees the Wage Security Fund, a source of coverage for unpaid wages in some business closure and group health situations.[1]

Upon inception, from 1903, the position was titled Oregon Labor Commissioner until 1918. It was called Oregon Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Inspector of Factories and Workshops from 1918 until 1930. It became Oregon Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor from 1930 to 1979 when the legislature changed it to Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries.[2]

Nine individuals have served as commissioner since the office's inception. Party affiliation is included for those individuals whose service began before the legislature made the position a nonpartisan office in 1995; the first nonpartisan election was in 1998.[2]

# Name Party Term Elected or reelected
1 O. P. Hoff Republican June 2, 1903 - January 6, 1919 1903 appointment by Governor Chamberlain; elected in 1906, 1910, 1914
2 Charles H. Gram Republican January 6, 1919 - January 4, 1943 1918, 1922, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1938
3 W. E. Kimsey Republican January 4, 1943 - January 3, 1955 1942, 1946, 1950
4 Norman O. Nilsen Democratic January 3, 1955 - January 6, 1975 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
5 Bill Stevenson Democratic January 6, 1975 - January 1, 1979 1974
6 Mary Wendy Roberts Democrat January 1, 1979 - January 2, 1995 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990
7 Jack Roberts Republican/Nonpartisan January 2, 1995 - January 6, 2003 1994, 1998
8 Dan Gardner Nonpartisan January 6, 2003 - April 7, 2008[3] 2002, 2006
9 Brad Avakian Nonpartisan April 8, 2008 - Current appointment by Governor Kulongoski mid-2008 to replace
resignation by Gardner; elected 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Commissioner of Labor and Industries Brad Avakian". Oregon Bluebook. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Labor and Industries Commissioners of Oregon". Oregon Bluebook. Oregon Secretary of State. 2006. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ On March 12, 2008, Dan Gardner announced his resignation, effective April 7, 2008. Nigel Jaquiss (March 12, 2008). "BOLI Commissioner Gardner Resigns". Willamette Week.