Bill Kennemer

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Bill Kennemer
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 39th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Wayne Scott
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 12th district
In office
Preceded by Walter F. Brown
Succeeded by Verne Duncan
Clackamas County Commissioner
In office
Personal details
Born 1946 (age 69–70)
Sacramento, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cherie
Profession Clinical psychologist

Bill Kennemer (born 1946) is a clinical psychologist and Republican politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. He served ten years in the Oregon State Senate from 1987 to 1997, and served on the Clackamas County Commission from 1997 to 2008. He narrowly won the closest legislative race in Oregon against first-time candidate Democrat Toby Forsberg for the Oregon House of Representatives seat held by former Minority Leader Wayne Scott in 2008. Kennemer now represents Oregon House District 39.

His support and advocacy in animal-related measures saw him labeled as a 2011 "Top Dog" by the Oregon Humane Society.[1]

Educational background[edit]

Kennemer received his BA from Warner Pacific College in 1968[2] and received his PhD from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 1975.[2]

Work history[edit]

From 1997 to 2008 he served as a Clackamas County Commissioner, five times as chair.[2] He was a clinical psychologist in private practice for nearly 25 years[2] as well as a professor of psychology.[2] He has also worked as a truck driver[2] and farm hand.[2]

Governmental experience[edit]

  • Oregon State Senator – 1987–1996[2]
  • Assistant Senate Minority Leader[2]
  • Chair, Senate Business, Housing and Finance Committee[2]
  • Committee Service: Education, Health Insurance and Bio-ethics, Human Resources, Telecommunications, Consumer Affairs, Trade and Economic Development, Energy Policy Review, Ways and Means Subcommittees on Lottery and Transportation[2]
  • BiPartisan Tourism Caucus[2]
  • Fish and Wildlife Caucus[2]
  • Association of Oregon Counties Board of Directors (Outstanding Service Award, 1998)[2]
  • Association of Oregon Counties Legislative Committee[2]
  • Education Commission of the States[2]
  • Clackamas County Economic Development Commission[2]

Memberships and committees[edit]

  • Oregon Trail Foundation, Founding Member[2]
  • Providence Milwaukie Hospital Foundation Board[2]
  • North Clackamas Chamber Board of Directors[2]
  • Warner Pacific College Board of Trustees[2]


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