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 70–71)
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. Having served in the Oregon State Senate from 1987 to 1997, Kennemer now (as of 2008) represents Oregon House District 39 in the Oregon House of Representatives.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Kennemer received his BA from Warner Pacific College in 1968 and received his PhD from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 1975.[1][2] Kennemer was a clinical psychologist in private practice for nearly 25 years as well as a professor of psychology.[2] He has also worked as a truck driver and farm hand.[2]

Political career[edit]

Kennemer cites his commitment to public service as stemming from an incident in 1952 when, after his family home was destroyed by a fire, the community came together to rebuild it.[1] He was an Oregon State Senator from 1987 to 1996,[2] where he served as Assistant Senate Minority Leader,[2] and Chair of the Senate Business, Housing and Finance Committee.[2] He was in the BiPartisan Tourism Caucus, and the Fish and Wildlife Caucus, and was a member of the Association of Oregon Counties Legislative Committee.[1][2] He was also a member of the Education Commission of the States and the Clackamas County Economic Development Commission.[2]

Upon leaving the Senate, he served as a Clackamas County Commissioner from 1997 to 2008, five times as chair.[1][2]

In 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. He is currently serving on the Health Care and Business and Labor Committees.[1]


As Clackamas County Commissioner in, he received the Association of Oregon Counties Board of Directors' Outstanding Service Award for 1998.[2] Later, while a state representative, his support and advocacy in animal-related measures saw him labeled as a 2011 "Top Dog" by the Oregon Humane Society.[3]

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]

Personal life[edit]

Having lost his previous wife to cancer, Kennemer is now married to Cherie McGinnis. They share four children and six grandchildren.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Representative Bill Kennemer biography". Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  3. ^ 2011 Oregon Humane Society Legislative Scorecard at the Oregon Humane Society

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