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|Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 1st district
|Preceded by||Bill Fisher|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 45th (to 2002), later 7th district
|Preceded by||Bill Fisher|
|Succeeded by||Bruce Hanna|
September 7, 1951 |
|Alma mater||Willamette University|
Jeff Kruse (born September 7, 1951) is a Republican member of the Oregon Senate, representing the 1st District since 2005. Previously he was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 1996 through 2004. He was re-elected in 2008 for another four-year term.
In July 2013, Kruse gained national attention by appearing in a CNN video news story about a bill he sponsored. His bill would reverse an existing Oregon law requiring public schools to remove what some colleagues consider "racist" and "insensitive" references to Native Americans on their sports team's uniforms. Prior to the enactment of the 2012 Oregon law, the State Superintendent of Schools had determined that the continued use of Native American mascots has created a "hostile educational environment." Schools have been given until 2017 to comply with the required change. In defending his Bill, Kruse has asked: "do we change the entire world for the small few [sic]?
Kruse graduated from Roseburg High School who's mascot is "The Indians". This mascot is frequently depicted in cartoons as clownish or as a charging warrior. The images have offended citizens of Native American descent and caused local controversy.
Kruse currently heads a legislative work group Oregon Seneate Bill 560. His influences are marked by the group's efforts to cut the retirement benefits of thousands of Senior retirees by nearly one half.
Kruse is a land owner who owns KRUSE FARMS an agricultural business in Southern Oregon.
Kruse sits on the following Senate Committees:
- Education and General Government, Vice Chair
- Health and Human Services, Vice Chair
- Public Education Appropriation, Member
- Services to Seniors and People with Disabilities, Vice Chair
Kruse is a member of the following non-legislative Senate Committees:
- Douglas County Planning Advisory Committee
- Farm Home Administration County Committee
- Governor's Mental Health Work Group
- SICA Committee
- "State Government Legislators and Staff, 2005 Regular Session". Oregon State Archives. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- Senator Jeff Kruse – official website
- Project Vote Smart – Senator Jeff Kruse (OR) profile
- Follow the Money – campaign contributions
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