Allen Alley

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Allen Alley
Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party
In office
January 2011 – February 2013
Preceded by Bob Tiernan
Succeeded by Arthur B. Robinson
Personal details
Born (1954-08-03) August 3, 1954 (age 63)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Debbie Alley
Alma mater Purdue University, West

Allen Alley (born August 3, 1954) is an American businessman and Republican politician from the State of Oregon. He sought the Republican nomination for Governor of Oregon in the 2016 Oregon gubernatorial special election, losing to Bud Pierce.[1][2] Alley also sought the Republican nomination in 2010, but lost to Chris Dudley.[1] Alley was the Republican nominee for Oregon State Treasurer in 2008 and also served as chairman of the Oregon Republican Party from January 2011 to February 2013.

Early life[edit]

Alley was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, the son of Nafe and Behle Alley. His father, a mechanical engineer, began his career designing conveyor systems before joining the Boeing Company. The family lived in several different cities, including Seattle and Philadelphia where Allen attended Nether Providence High School.[citation needed]

In 1976, Alley graduated from Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in business.[citation needed] He went to work for the Ford Motor Company and then Boeing in various product engineering and design roles. Alley joined Computervision as director of Product Marketing in Boston, Massachusetts. From there, he was recruited to join Battery Ventures, a $75 million investment company that specialized in high-technology ventures.[citation needed] In 1992, Alley moved to Oregon to work for InFocus, a manufacturer of mobile business display hardware, where he served as vice president of corporate development, engineering, and marketing. In 1997, Alley co-founded Pixelworks, a fabless semiconductor company.[citation needed]

In 2000, Alley raised $66.1 million for Pixelworks, making it one of that year's top capital raises for semiconductors.[3]

Public service career[edit]

In February 2002, Alley accepted a Presidential appointment from President George W. Bush to sit on the U.S.-Japan Private Sector/Government Commission, which strove to promote sustainable economic growth in both countries.[citation needed]

In 2006, Alley was named as the Chairman of the Oregon Business Plan. He was tasked with the responsibility to help to shape public policy in Oregon that would promote economic growth.[citation needed]

After stepping down as CEO of Pixelworks Inc. in 2007, Alley was hired to serve as a deputy chief of staff for Democratic Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski. Included in Alley’s policy portfolio was economic development, technology, transportation, workforce training and energy.[citation needed]

Political campaigns[edit]

Alley in May 2008

In May 2008, Alley won the Republican primary for Oregon State Treasurer. Alley lost to Democratic state Senator Ben Westlund by 51% to 45% in the general election.[4]

In 2009, Alley announced his candidacy for Governor of Oregon in 2010.[5] He lost in the May 2010 Republican primary to wealth strategist and former NBA player Chris Dudley.[6]

On January 3, 2011, Alley announced his candidacy for Oregon Republican Party Chairman. Alley gained support from numerous other Republican politicians and party leaders[7] including U.S. Congressmen Greg Walden.[8] Alley ran unopposed and on January 22, 2011 he was elected to the position.[9]

On June 23, 2012, as Oregon GOP chairman, Alley shut down the Congressional District Convention after candidates on the Ron Paul slate won many of the delegate slots, preventing additional candidates from the slate from winning Alternate Delegate slots,[citation needed] and after an Oregon GOP official representing Alley, Terri Moffett, had already left the building where the Congressional District 4 elections took place, taking the ballots with her.[10]

In November 2012, Alley announced he would not seek another term as Chairman, citing business concerns.[11] He was succeeded in February 2013 by Suzanne Gallagher.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Alley and his wife of 28 years, Debbie, have three children: AJ, Paige, and Jenna. They reside in Lake Oswego, Oregon.[13]

Electoral history[edit]

Oregon Republican gubernatorial primary results, 2010[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Dudley 122,855 39.11
Republican Allen Alley 99,753 31.76
Republican John Lim 47,339 15.07
Republican Bill Sizemore 23,522 7.49
Republican William Ames Curtright 12,497 3.98
Republican Rex O. Watkins 3,060 0.97
Republican Write-ins 2,001 0.64
Republican Clark Colvin 1,206 0.38
Republican Darren Karr 1,127 0.36
Republican Bob Forthan 727 0.23
Total votes 314,087 100.00
Results by county. Red indicates a win by Pierce, yellow a win by Alley.
Oregon gubernatorial special election, 2016 Republican primary[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bud Pierce 171,158 47.66
Republican Allen Alley 103,388 28.79
Republican Bruce Cuff 41,598 11.58
Republican Bob Niemeyer 35,669 9.93
Republican Bob Forthan 4,290 1.19
Republican Write-ins 3,020 0.84
Total votes 359,123 100


  1. ^ a b Theriault, Denis C. (March 7, 2016). "Shakeup in governor's race: Allen Alley wants Republican nomination". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ Young, Molly. "Bud Pierce wins Republican nomination for Oregon governor". Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived March 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Oregon Secretary of State: That Trail's Gone Cold!". Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Alley Announces he's in race for Oregon governor; 2/18/09". Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Oregon 2010 Primary Results: Governor". The Oregonian. May 18, 2010. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Allen Alley picks up strong backing for Oregon GOP chairmanship". Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Allen Alley Official Announcement for Republican State Chair - The Oregon Catalyst". Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Allen Alley glides into Oregon Republican chairmanship". Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Oregon Republicans Choose Delegates to Tampa Convention". The Roseburg Beacon. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Allen Alley won't seek a second term as Oregon Republican chairman". The Oregonian. November 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Suzanne Gallagher wins Oregon Republican chairmanship on second ballot". The Oregonian. February 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ Archived from the original on November 22, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  15. ^ "May 17, 2016 Primary Election Results" (PDF). Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 

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