Erik Sten

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Erik Sten
Portland City Commissioner
In office
January 1, 1997 – April 4, 2008
Preceded by Earl Blumenauer
Succeeded by Nick Fish
Constituency Portland, Oregon
Personal details
Born October 1967 (age 49)
New Haven, Connecticut
Residence Portland, Oregon
Alma mater Stanford University

Erik Sten (born October 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut[1]) is a former City Commissioner in Portland, Oregon, United States. He was first elected to Commissioner Position No. 2 in 1996, in a campaign featuring hundreds of volunteers,[2] defeating Chuck Duffy. He ran successful campaigns for re-election in 1998, 2002, and 2006.

Sten was raised in Portland where he attended Irvington Elementary School, Fernwood Middle School, and Grant High School. He graduated from Stanford University in 1989 with a BA in English.[1] Sten was a founding member of X-PAC,[3] a group of politically minded young citizens, in the mid-1990s, and has participated heavily in the Oregon Bus Project, a similar group formed in the 2000s.[citation needed]

He was also a driving force behind Portland's publicly financed elections system.[4]

Sten was named as one of Oregon's 15 most influential people in 2005.[5]

He resigned from his position April 4, 2008, and was succeeded by Nick Fish.


  1. ^ a b Redden, Jim (August 9, 2005). "The Life and Times of Erik Sten". Portland Tribune. Retrieved November 11, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Griffin, Anna (October 1, 2006). "Council dynamo Erik Sten in rare lull". The Sunday Oregonian. p. A1. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  3. ^ Young, Bob (1999). "1995: New power generation". Willamette Week 25th Anniversary edition. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Redden, Jim (August 9, 2005). "Has Sten lost his clout?". Portland Tribune. Archived from the original on February 22, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ Brainstorm magazine, April 2005