Jack Roberts (politician)

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Jack Roberts
Commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
In office
January 2, 1995 – January 6, 2003
GovernorJohn Kitzhaber
Preceded byMary Wendy Roberts
Succeeded byDan Gardner
Lane County Commissioner
In office
Personal details
BornOctober 1952 (age 67)
Political partyRepublican Party
ResidenceEugene, Oregon
Alma materUniversity of Oregon
OccupationAttorney, politician

Jack Roberts (born October 1952) is an attorney and politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. A Republican, his highest office has been Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries, which he held from 1995 to 2003.[1] He previously served as a Lane County commissioner from 1989 to 1995.[2]

Roberts was the last Oregon Republican to hold statewide office in state government until Dennis Richardson was elected Oregon Secretary of State in 2016. Roberts ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 1996 and for Governor of Oregon in 2002.[2] He came close to winning the latter,[3] but ultimately lost to Kevin Mannix. He was considered a contender to take on incumbent U.S. Senator Ron Wyden in 2004, but did not enter the race.[4] He also ran for the Oregon Supreme Court in 2006,[5][6] losing to Virginia Linder.

He was the executive director of the Lane Metro Partnership until September 2013.[7] In October 2013, he was selected to be the director of the Oregon Lottery by the governor, though confirmation by the Oregon State Senate is required.[8] An attorney, he lives in Eugene.[8]


  1. ^ "Bureau of Labor and Industries - Agency History" (PDF). Oregon Bluebook (Online). Oregon Secretary of State. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-10.
  2. ^ a b Jack Roberts
  3. ^ Hamilton, Don (May 17, 2002). "Roberts inches forward in close governor's race". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  4. ^ Hamilton, Don (February 25, 2003). "GOP seeks key to Wyden fortress". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  5. ^ Nonpartisan Candidates, Page 28: Judge of the Supreme Court
  6. ^ Judicial election questionnaire
  7. ^ Russo, Edward (September 20, 2013). "Roberts bows out at Lane Metro". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  8. ^ a b Esteve, Harry (October 18, 2013). "John Kitzhaber names ex-labor commissioner Jack Roberts to run Oregon Lottery". The Oregonian. Retrieved 18 October 2013.

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