Fred Girod

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Fred Girod
Minority Leader of the Oregon Senate
Assumed office
January 11, 2021
Preceded byHerman Baertschiger Jr.
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 9th district
Assumed office
Preceded byRoger Beyer
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 9th district
In office
Preceded byJeff Kropf
Succeeded bySherrie Sprenger
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 30th district
In office
Preceded byJeff Gilmour
Succeeded byLarry Wells
Personal details
Born1951 (age 69–70)
Salem, Oregon
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lori Girod
Alma materOregon State University (BS)
Oregon Health & Science University (DMD)
Harvard University (MPA)

Fred Frank Girod (born 1951) is an American politician and dentist from the U.S. state of Oregon. He currently serves as Minority Leader of the Oregon Senate. He represents the 9th district, which covers the mid-Willamette Valley.

Early life and education[edit]

Girod was born in Salem, Oregon. He graduated from Stayton High School in Stayton, Oregon. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, a DMD from Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.[1]


He has been a practicing dentist for 26 years, and served in the Oregon House of Representatives in the early 1990s, chairing the Rules Committee.[1] He ran for the U.S. Congress in 1994, but lost in the primary to Jim Bunn.[2]

Girod then served on the Stayton City Council.[3][4] He was selected by Marion and Linn County Republicans to run again for the House in 2006, in district 17, following then-representative Jeff Kropf's sudden departure from the 2006 election. He won that election, defeating Democrat Dan Thackaberry, and was appointed in 2008 to succeed Senator Roger Beyer of District 9 upon his resignation. He was sworn in in January 2008, and was re-elected in November 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2016. [5] [6]

2019 Senate Republican walkouts[edit]

From June 20, 2019, all 11 Republican members of the Oregon Senate, including Girod, refused to show up for work at the Oregon State Capitol, instead going into hiding, some even fleeing the state. Their aim was to push the vote on a cap-and-trade proposal that would dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to combat climate change to voters instead of being instituted by lawmakers. The Senate holds 30 seats, but 1 is vacant due to a death. Without the Republican senators, the remaining 18 Democratic state senators could not reach a quorum of 20 to hold a vote.[7][8] Although several Republican state senators returned to the Senate chamber on June 29, 2019, leading to the cap-and-trade bill being sent back to committee, while other bills were passed, Girod was missing, and it was stated that he would not return for the month's legislative session.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Girod lives in Stayton, Oregon.

Girod's home was destroyed in the 2020 Western United States wildfires.[11] He and his wife did not take their three pet cats with them during the evacuation. He later said he did not know if they survived and hoped that they did.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2008-08-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Chisholm, Kari (8 February 2008). "If the GOP abandons Mike Erickson, who else might run?" (Blog). Posts. BlueOregon. Retrieved December 22, 2008.
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  4. ^ "Senator Fred Girod Biography". Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2008-09-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Election and Re-election sources".
  7. ^ "Oregon Republicans walk out on state Senate over climate change bill as governor threatens police roundup". CBS News. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  8. ^ Osborne, Mark; Youn, Soo (June 23, 2019). "Oregon's Republican state senators go into hiding over climate change vote amid militia threat". ABC News. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Selsky, Andrew; Zimmerman, Sarah. "Oregon Republican senators end walkout over carbon bill". Associated Press. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  10. ^ Radnovich, Connor (June 30, 2019). "Oregon Republican senators end walkout, but legislature remains dogged by controversy". Salem Statesman Journal. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  11. ^ Zarkhin, Fedor (2020-09-13). "Oregon senator goes home to find rubble, devastation after Beachie Creek wildfire roars through Santiam Canyon". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  12. ^ Zarkhin, Fedor (2020-09-13). "Oregon senator goes home to find rubble, devastation after Beachie Creek wildfire roars through Santiam Canyon". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2020-09-14.

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