|Mark Hass' official portrait|
|Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 14th district
|Preceded by||Ryan Deckert|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 27th district
|Preceded by||Ryan Deckert|
|Succeeded by||Tobias Read|
December 10, 1956 |
Newport, Rhode Island
Mark Hass (born December 10, 1956) is a politician from the US state of Oregon. A Democrat, he currently represents District 14 in the Oregon State Senate. Hass is best known as an outspoken advocate of state-sponsored higher education. In 2014, the Oregon Legislative Assembly examined his "Oregon Promise," a bill which would provide free community college for Oregon high school graduates or those who have obtained a GED.
In 1980, Hass graduated from University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. In 1981, he went on to earn his Master of Arts in Communication from the American University School of Communication.
Hass was selected in fall 2007 by the County Commissions of Washington and Multnomah counties to serve the remainder of Senator Ryan Deckert's term, following Deckert's resignation. He was elected for a full term in 2008.
Hass is currently the Chairman of the Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee. He's also a member of the Finance and Revenue Committee and the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. In addition, he serves as Senate Democratic Whip.
In 2011, Hass carried a bill for full-day kindergarten, which replaces half-day kindergarten in Oregon public schools in the 2015-16 school year. In addition, Hass has become vocal about a restructuring the state’s higher education system. In 2011, as a member of the Higher Education Workgroup, he led the legislative efforts to pass SB 242, which provided greater autonomy for Oregon’s seven public universities. It also created the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. During that same 2011 session, Hass led the passage of SB 253, which put the 40-40-20 goals into state law. Those goals seek a workforce by 2025 that is 40 percent people who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, 40 percent who hold a two-year degree and the remaining 20 percent people who hold the equivalent of a high school diploma.
In 2013, after chairing a task force on University Governance, Hass carried more education legislation, namely SB 270 which established university boards of trustees at Portland State University, Oregon State University and University of Oregon.
Hass was also was a chief sponsor for legislation that made Oregon the first state in the country to require Automated External Defibrillators in large commercial buildings. Stemming from the well-publicized death of a 12-year-old boy in Beaverton, the bill passed with broad, bipartisan support.
During the 2013 Regular Session, Senator Hass carried Senate Bill 270, which created institutional governing boards for the schools in the Oregon University System and allowed for greater independence.
Hass has also been a pioneer in expanding access to subsidized higher education in Oregon. In the 2014 Short Session, Senator Hass introduced Senate Bill 1524, directing the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to examine the viability of program allowing two years of free community college for all Oregon high school graduates or those who've obtained a GED. If deemed feasible, a bill granting students free community college could go before the Oregon Legislative Assembly as soon as 2015.
When he’s not serving in the legislature, Hass works as an account manager for Cappelli Miles, an advertising and brand identity firm with offices in Portland, Eugene and Denver. Hass is also a part of the Board of Directors for the Northwest Health Foundation.
Hass' wife, Tamra, who grew up in Pendleton, is a speech pathologist who has spent the last ten years specializing in helping children with autism and Aspergers Syndrome. She has co-written two books and CD manuals.
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