Alan Olsen

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Alan Olsen
Alan Olsen.jpg
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 20th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Martha Schrader
Personal details
Born (1948-03-24) March 24, 1948 (age 68)
McHenry, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Juanita
Residence Canby, Oregon

Alan Randal Olsen (born March 24, 1948) is an American Republican politician who serves in the Oregon State Senate, representing Oregon's 20th Senate district in southeastern Clackamas County, including the cities of Barlow, Canby, Gladstone, Johnson City, Oregon City, and portions of Milwaukie. He defeated incumbent Democrat Martha Schrader in the 2010 election.

Early life and career[edit]

Olsen was born and grew up in McHenry, Illinois. He graduated from McHenry High School and attended Purdue University where in 1975 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. From 1969 to 1971 Olsen served in the U.S. Army. He moved to Oregon in 1978 and has been the owner and operator of Custom Construction Services since 1987 specializing in the design and construction custom homes and commercial projects. Locally, Olsen is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and is a past President of the Oregon Bass Federation Nation.[1]

Political career[edit]

Olsen was the candidate for Senate District 20. According to Willamette Week Senate District 20 was a battleground race between Republicans and Democrats. Democrats held a majority in both the state House (36–24) and Senate (18–12).[2]

The Republican Party of Oregon for the 2010 election cycle hosted the first online primary. On July 30 the primary results were released announcing Olsen as the nominated candidate for senate district 20 from the Republican Party of Oregon.[3]

Olsen narrowly defeated incumbent Martha Schrader by 227 votes.[4]


Alan and his wife Juanita have lived in Canby for over 25 years. A small business owner, Alan works as a general contractor building homes and other structures. A veteran of the United States Army, Alan served in the military from 1969 to 1971 and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Oregon Bass Federation. Alan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Purdue University.

For Alan, getting people back to work is the most pressing issue in our state. He has worked hard in the legislature on bills to decrease regulations on small businesses, family farmers and homegrown forest industries. Alan believes that we must cultivate the phenomenal natural resources we have, serving as responsible stewards of those resources while growing Oregon industries and creating jobs.

A successful workforce is an educated workforce. Education is a long-term investment and Alan believes our state budget must prioritize our children and their teachers. We must keep our education dollars in the classroom where it belongs.

Ultimately, the legislature must represent the citizens of Oregon and protect their rights and freedoms. Alan has worked hard to keep our state government accountable and efficient.


  1. ^ "Small business owner announces run for State Senate". Alan Olsen for State Senate Committee. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  2. ^ "The Fall Line". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  3. ^ "Primary Election Results" (PDF). Independent party of Oregon. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  4. ^ Mapes, Jeff (December 6, 2010). "Senate Democrats seek partial recount in Olsen-Schrader race". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 10, 2011. Please take a look at his first bill in Office.

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