Doug Whitsett

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Doug Whitsett
Doug Whitsett.jpg
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 28th district
In office
2005 – January 9, 2017
Succeeded by Dennis Linthincum
Personal details
Born (1943-03-24) March 24, 1943 (age 74)
Monterey, California
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Gail Whitsett
Residence Klamath Falls, Oregon

Doug Whitsett (born March 24, 1943) is an American politician who served in the Oregon State Senate from 2005 until 2017, representing District 28. He is a Republican and served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Ways and Means Public Safety subcommittee, the Emergency Board, the Judiciary Committee, and the Office of Administrative Hearings Oversight Committee.

Whitsett represents the people of Klamath, Lake, and Crook counties, and of parts of both Jackson and Deschutes counties. He was elected in 2004 and won reelection in 2008. His wife Gail Whitsett was his chief of staff before being elected to Oregon House of Representatives.


Senator Whitsett was born in Monterey, California[1] and grew up on a small dairy farm in Powell Butte, Oregon. He graduated from Crook County High School, received his Associate of Arts degree from Central Oregon Community College and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University.[1] Before his political career, he was a veterinarian.[1] In 1968, he began practicing at Klamath Animal Clinic in Klamath Falls and by 1986 was the president of that clinic, which he sold in 1994.

He has been active in Klamath Basin and state water issues. Before being elected to the senate he sat on the Water for Life board of directors along with his wife.[1] He is a past president of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, the Klamath County Cattlemen's Association, and the Lake County Veterinary Medical Association. He has been active with the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, has served as a director of the Klamath Bull Sale for the past 35 years, and has lectured at state and regional veterinary conferences. He has written articles for various publications including Cascade Cattlemen, Cattlemen's Beef Producer, Capital Press, Klamath Falls Herald and News, and Oregonians In Action's Looking Forward newsletter.

Whitsett and his wife currently own and operate two small farms in the Klamath Basin where they breed and raise European warmblood horses for dressage and jumping.

Electoral history[edit]

Oregon State Senate election (District 28), 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Doug Whitsett 39,416 97.65
write-ins 949 2.35


  1. ^ a b c d "Senator Doug K. Whitsett (R-OR 28th)". Retrieved 2007-08-31. 

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