Knute Buehler

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Knute Buehler
Knute Buehler Candidate.jpg
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 54th district
In office
January 12, 2015 – January 15, 2019
Preceded byJason Conger
Succeeded byCheri Helt
Personal details
Knute Carl Buehler

(1964-08-01) August 1, 1964 (age 54)
Roseburg, Oregon, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationOregon State University, Corvallis (BS)
Merton College, Oxford (MA)
Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Knute Carl Buehler (born August 1, 1964)[1][2] is an American physician and politician serving as the Oregon State Representative for the 54th district since 2015.[3] He was the Republican nominee for Governor of Oregon in the 2018 election,[4][5] where he was defeated by incumbent Democrat Kate Brown.[6]

Early life[edit]

Buehler is originally from Roseburg, Oregon, and was born in 1964.[7][8] He attended Oregon State University (OSU) where he played on the baseball team.[9] He graduated from OSU in 1986 with degrees in history and microbiology.[9] Buehler then attended Merton College, Oxford as OSU's first Rhodes Scholar, studying philosophy, politics and economics, before graduating from Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland.[9]

An orthopedic surgeon, he lives in Bend in Central Oregon with his wife and two children.[9] He worked on political independent Ross Perot's presidential campaign in 1992.[10]

Political career[edit]

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Campaign for Oregon Secretary of State[edit]

Buehler was the unsuccessful Republican Party nominee for Oregon Secretary of State in 2012, losing to incumbent Secretary of State Democrat Kate Brown with five candidates on the ballot.[11]

State representative[edit]

Buehler won election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2014, defeating Democrat Craig Wilhelm.[12] Buehler describes himself as a moderate and his stances on abortion have been a source of political tension "from left and right."[13][14] In July 2016, Buehler received a 65% rating from the American Conservative Union, although by November of that year it had dropped to 58%.[15] In November 2017, Knute Buehler called for the resignation of fellow Republican Jeff Kruse following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.[16]

Ethics violations[edit]

The Democratic Party of Oregon Chair filed three ethics complaints against Buehler in the spring of 2017 regarding his campaign finance disclosures for the last four years. Two claims were dismissed by a state ethics committee, while Buehler avoided thousands of dollars in fines by acknowledging his violation of an Oregon statute in the third complaint as part of a state-mandated Letter of Education, along with restating his finance declarations retroactively to 2013. Buehler said the censure was "politically motivated," the original filers claimed that "he continues to hide income."[17][18]

Gubernatorial campaign[edit]

On August 3, 2017, Buehler announced he would run for Governor of Oregon in the 2018 election.[19][20][21] On May 15, 2018, Buehler won the Republican nomination for Governor of Oregon to face off against Democratic incumbent Kate Brown in November 2018, in a rematch of the 2012 Secretary of State election. Patrick Starnes was the Independent Party candidate.

Political positions[edit]

State Rep. Buehler is a moderate Republican.[22] He supports tax breaks and opposes an increase in taxes on corporations.[23] He is pro-choice on the issue of abortion.[24] On immigration, he opposes sanctuary cities and opposes Oregon's statewide sanctuary policy.[25] He supports gay rights, including same-sex marriage, and voted to ban conversion therapy from being used on minors.[26]

Buehler had promised, if elected, to start executing people on death row in Oregon for the first time in 21 years. In the last debate of the campaign, Buehler said he intended to bring back executions.[27]

Electoral history[edit]

Oregon House of Representatives 54th District, 2016[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Knute Buehler 19,352 51.92
Democratic Gena Goodman-Campbell 17,804 47.77
Write-in 117 0.31
Total votes 37,273 100
Oregon House of Representatives 54th District, 2014[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Knute Buehler 15,348 58.23
Democratic Craig Wilhelm 10,876 41.26
Write-in 134 0.51
Total votes 26,358 100
Oregon Secretary of State 2012[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kate Brown 863,656 51.28
Republican Knute Buehler 727,607 43.20
Pacific Green Seth Woolley 44,235 2.63
Libertarian Bruce Alexander Knight 24,273 1.44
Progressive Robert Wolfe 21,783 1.29
write-ins 2,561 0.15
Total votes 1,684,115 100


  1. ^ "Knute Buehler Oral History Interviews". Oregon State University. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
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  3. ^ "Representative Knute Buehler Home Page". Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Selsky, Andrew (August 3, 2017). "Bend lawmaker Knute Buehler announces run for governor". KATU ( Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "Knute Buehler for Governor". Knute Buehler for Governor. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  6. ^ Jaquiss, Nigel. "Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Triumphs Over Republican Knute Buehler". Willamette Week. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  7. ^ Anderson, Taylor W. (October 16, 2014). "Buehler, Wilhelm fighting on rare battleground". The Bend Bulletin. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Dr. Knute Buehler, Prominent Bend Surgeon Announces Campaign for Secretary of State". Cascade Business News. August 30, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d Kinkley, Ann (Fall 2015). "Alumni Profile" (PDF). Oregon Stater. 100 (3): 62. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Vote for Knute Buehler: editorial endorsement". Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  11. ^ Gaston, Christian (December 1, 2013). "Knute Buehler, former Secretary of State candidate, will run for Oregon House". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Lerten, Barney (November 4, 2014). "Final votes firm up Buehler win; 2 Bend councilors out". KTVZ. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "Murmurs: GOP Candidate For Governor Knute Buehler Getting Hit From Left and Right". Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  14. ^ Borrud, Hillary (August 3, 2017). "Republican Knute Buehler faces uphill campaign trail for Oregon governor in 2018". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  15. ^ "Knute Buehler's Political Summary". Project VoteSmart. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  16. ^ "Buehler, Oregon Democrats' chair call on Kruse to resign". Associated Press. November 16, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  17. ^ sources, KTVZ.COM news (August 4, 2017). "It's official: Bend's Knute Buehler launches bid for governor". Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  18. ^ Lerten, Barney (2017-07-16). "State ethics panel won't fine Buehler over ethics violation". KTVZ. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  19. ^ Anderson, Taylor W. (November 10, 2016). "Oregon Republicans see hope after win". The Bulletin. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  20. ^ Borrud, Hillary (December 27, 2016). "Republican outcry over committees could signal partisan fights in 2017 Legislature". The Oregonian ( Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  21. ^ Warner, Gary (2017-08-03). "Bend's Buehler running for governor". The Bulletin. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  22. ^ Richards, Parker (2018-08-10). "Oregon's Hard Road for a Moderate Republican". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  23. ^ Borrud, Hillary. "Knute Buehler: 5 key decisions on taxes". Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  24. ^ Radnovich, Connor (September 6, 2018). "Buehler's 'pro-choice' stance: Disliked by conservatives, discredited by Democrats". Statesman Journal. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  25. ^ "Republican Knute Buehler says he'll vote to repeal Oregon's sanctuary law". Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  26. ^ Borrud, Hillary (June 17, 2018). "Politics and Pride: Kate Brown and Knute Buehler appeal to voters on LGBTQ rights". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  27. ^ Sheppard, Katie (October 12, 2018). "As Washington Scraps Death Penalty, Gubernatorial Candidate Knute Buehler Pledges To Bring Back Executions". Willamette Week. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
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  30. ^ "November 6, 2012, General Election Abstract of Votes" (PDF). Oregon Elections Division. Retrieved December 5, 2012.

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