Gail Shibley

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Gail Shibley
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 12th district
In office
1991 – 1997[1]
Preceded by Phil Keisling
Succeeded by Chris Beck
Constituency portions of Portland and Multnomah County
Personal details
Born 1957/1958 (age 60–61)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Tiffany Harris[2]

Gail R. Shibley (born c. 1958)[3] is an American politician who was the first openly gay person to serve in the Oregon State Legislature.[2][3]

She was appointed to the Oregon House of Representatives in January 1991, to fill a vacancy caused by Phil Keisling's resignation to serve as Oregon Secretary of State.[4] She was elected to the seat in 1992 and re-elected in 1994. In 1996, she did not run for re-election, but instead ran for an open seat on the City Council of Portland. She was narrowly defeated by Jim Francesconi.[2] Shibley subsequently moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Federal Highway Administration and the United States Department of Labor.[3]

She subsequently returned to Oregon, working on Ted Kulongoski's campaign for Governor of Oregon in the 2002 gubernatorial election. She later served as the administrator of the Office of Environmental Public Health within the Oregon Health Authority.[3] In December 2012, newly elected Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced that Shibley would serve as his chief of staff when he takes office in January 2013.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Shibley was born in North Bend, Oregon, but was raised in Albany, Oregon.[2] She attended the University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark Law School.[2]


  1. ^ a b Stevens, Suzanne (December 3, 2012). "Charlie Hales taps Gail Shibley as chief of staff". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Kost, Ryan (April 20, 2013). "Gail Shibley returns to Portland City Hall as most experienced chief of staff in recent history". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Jaquiss, Nigel (November 10, 2004). "The Candidate: Gail Shibley". Willamette Week. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "State Government Legislators and Staff, 1991 Regular Session". Oregon State Archives. Retrieved January 1, 2013.