Oregon State Treasurer

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Oregon State Treasurer
Oregon state seal.png
Great Seal of the State of Oregon
Details of Office
Type: Partisan
Selection: Statewide election
Term: 4 years
Authority: Constitutional
Established: 1843
Incumbent
Name: Ted Wheeler
Party: Democratic
Term ends: 2013

The Oregon State Treasurer is a constitutional officer within the executive branch of the government of the U.S. state of Oregon, elected by statewide vote to serve a four year term. As chief financial officer for the state, the office holder heads the Oregon State Treasury, and with the Governor and Secretary of State, serves on the Land Board. The office was held from January 5, 2009 to March 7, 2010 by Ben Westlund, a Democrat, who died in office.[1][2][3] On March 9, 2010, Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Multnomah County chairman Ted Wheeler to fill the vacancy until a special election on November 2, 2010 to fill the remaining two years of Westlund's term.[4][5]

Divisions[edit]

  • Finance Division - acts as the central bank for all state agencies and is the largest financial institution in the state.
  • Investment Division - manages the portfolio of investments for the state's funds.
  • Debt Management Division - coordinates bonds issued by the state and its agencies, and monitors relevant markets and economic trends.
  • Information Services Division - responsible for the technology Treasury's technological infrastructure.
  • Executive Division - develops economic policy through strategic planning, legislative initiatives; performs the department's administrative functions, and publishes all Treasury reports.[2]

List of Oregon treasurers[edit]

Provisional Treasurers[edit]

Those who served as the Treasurer of the Provisional Government of Oregon prior to the creation of the Oregon Territory.[6][7]

Name Years Notes
William H. Gray March 1, 1843-July 5, 1843 Elected during the Champoeg Meetings
William H. Willson July 5, 1843-May 14, 1844 Elected during the Champoeg Meetings
Philip Foster July 2, 1844-July 7, 1845 Elected by the general public
Francis Ermatinger July 7, 1845-March 3, 1846 Elected by the general public, elected by the Provisional Legislature, resigned
John H. Couch March 4, 1846-September 27, 1847 Appointed, elected by the Provisional Legislature, resigned
William K. Kilbourne October 11, 1847-September 28, 1849 Appointed, elected by the Provisional Legislature on February 13, 1849

Territorial Treasurers[edit]

Those who served as the Treasurer of the Oregon Territory.[6][7]

Name Years Notes
James Taylor September 27, 1849-January 21, 1851 Elected by the Oregon Territorial Legislature
Levi A. Rice January 21, 1851-September 22, 1851 Elected by the Oregon Territorial Legislature, resigned
William W. Buck September 27, 1851-December 16, 1851 Appointed
John D. Boon December 16, 1851-January 24, 1855 Elected by the Oregon Territorial Legislature
Nathaniel H. Lane January 24, 1855-January 10, 1856 Elected by the Oregon Territorial Legislature
John D. Boon January 10, 1856-March 3, 1859 Elected by the Oregon Territorial Legislature

State Treasurers[edit]

The individuals who have served as State Treasurer since its admission to the Union are listed on the table below. Except where noted, Treasurers were elected on a statewide ballot and served one or more full terms.[7]

# Name Party Term
1 John D. Boon Democratic March 3, 1859-
September 8, 1862
2 Edwin N. Cooke Republican September 8, 1862-
September 12, 1870
3 Louis Fleischner Democratic September 12, 1870-
September 14, 1874
4 A. H. Brown Democratic September 14, 1874-
September 9, 1878
5 Edward Hirsch Republican September 9, 1878-
January 10, 1887
6 G. W. Webb Democratic January 10, 1887-
January 12, 1891
7 Phil Metschan Republican January 12, 1891-
January 9, 1899
8 Charles S. Moore Republican January 9, 1899-
January 14, 1907
9 George A. Steel Republican January 15, 1907-
January 3, 1911
10 Thomas B. Kay Republican January 4, 1911-
January 6, 1919
11 O. P. Hoff Republican January 6, 1919-
March 18, 1924 [8]
12 Jefferson Myers Democratic March 18, 1924-
January 4, 1925[9]
13 Thomas B. Kay Republican January 4, 1925-
April 29, 1931[8]
14 Rufus C. Holman Republican May 1, 1931-
December 27, 1938[9][10][11]
15 Walter E. Pearson Democratic December 27, 1938-
January 6, 1941[9]
16 Leslie M. Scott Republican January 6, 1941-
January 3, 1949
17 Walter J. Pearson Democratic January 3, 1949-
January 5, 1953
18 Sig Unander Republican January 5, 1953-
December 31, 1959[11]
19 Howard C. Belton Republican January 4, 1960-
January 4, 1965
20 Robert W. Straub Democratic January 4, 1965-
January 1, 1973
21 James A. Redden Democratic January 1, 1973-
January 3, 1977
22 H. Clay Myers, Jr. Republican January 3, 1977-
April 1, 1984[11]
23 Bill Rutherford Republican April 1, 1984-
July 9, 1987[9][11]
24 Tony Meeker Republican July 9, 1987-
January 4, 1993[9][10]
25 Jim Hill Democratic January 4, 1993-
January 1, 2001[12]
26 Randall Edwards Democratic January 1, 2001-
January 4, 2009
27 Ben Westlund Democratic January 5, 2009-
March 7, 2010[8]
28 Ted Wheeler Democratic March 9, 2010–
present[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Treasurer Randall Edwards" (web page). Oregon Blue Book (online). Oregon Secretary of State. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  2. ^ a b "About Us" (web page). Oregon State Treasury (official website). Oregon State Treasurer. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  3. ^ Lehman, Chris (March 7, 2010). "Westlund Loses Battle With Cancer". Capitol Currents. 
  4. ^ Mapes, Jeff (March 9, 2010). "Governor Ted Kulongoski names Ted Wheeler as next Oregon treasurer". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ Lehman, Chris (March 8, 2010). "Westlund's death creates open Treasurer's race". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Carey, Charles Henry. (1922). History of Oregon. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co.
  7. ^ a b c "Treasurers of Oregon" (webpage). Oregon Blue Book. Oregon Secretary of State. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  8. ^ a b c Died in office.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Appointed by Governor to fill vacancy.
  10. ^ a b Elected to full term after appointment.
  11. ^ a b c d Resigned.
  12. ^ "Jim Hill". Statesman Journal (newspaper article). 2006-04-30. pp. 2A. 

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