Oregon State Treasurer

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Oregon State Treasurer
Seal of Oregon.svg
Great Seal of the State of Oregon
Details of Office
Type: Partisan
Selection: Statewide election
Term: 4 years
Authority: Constitutional
Established: 1843
Incumbent
Representative Tobias Read.jpg
Name: Tobias Read
Party: Democratic
Term start: January 3, 2017

The Oregon State Treasurer is a constitutional officer within the executive branch of the government of the U.S. state of Oregon, elected by statewide vote to serve a four-year term. As chief financial officer for the state, the office holder heads the Oregon State Treasury, and with the Governor and Secretary of State, serves on the Land Board.

The current state treasurer is Tobias Read, who was elected in 2016.

Divisions[edit]

  • Finance Division - acts as the central bank for all state agencies and is the largest financial institution in the state.
  • Investment Division - manages the portfolio of investments for the state's funds.
  • Debt Management Division - coordinates bonds issued by the state and its agencies, and monitors relevant markets and economic trends.
  • Information Services Division - responsible for the Treasury's technological infrastructure.
  • Executive Division - develops economic policy through strategic planning, legislative initiatives; performs the department's administrative functions, and publishes all Treasury reports.[1]

List of Oregon treasurers[edit]

Provisional treasurers[edit]

Those who served as the Treasurer of the Provisional Government of Oregon prior to the creation of the Oregon Territory.[2][3]

Image Name Years Notes
William H. Gray of Oregon.png William H. Gray March 1, 1843 – July 5, 1843 Elected during the Champoeg Meetings
William H. Willson.png William H. Willson July 5, 1843 – May 14, 1844 Elected during the Champoeg Meetings
Philip Foster.jpg Philip Foster July 2, 1844 – July 7, 1845 Elected by the general public
No image.svg Francis Ermatinger July 7, 1845 – March 3, 1846 Elected by the general public, elected by the Provisional Legislature, resigned
John H. Couch.png John H. Couch March 4, 1846 – September 27, 1847 Appointed, elected by the Provisional Legislature, resigned
No image.svg William K. Kilbourne October 11, 1847 – September 28, 1849 Appointed, elected by the Provisional Legislature on February 13, 1849

Territorial treasurers[edit]

Those who served as the Treasurer of the Oregon Territory.[2][3]

Image Name Years Notes
No image.svg James Taylor September 27, 1849 – January 21, 1851 Elected by the Oregon Territorial Legislature
No image.svg Levi A. Rice January 21, 1851 – September 22, 1851 Elected by the Oregon Territorial Legislature, resigned
No image.svg William W. Buck September 27, 1851 – December 16, 1851 Appointed
No image.svg John D. Boon December 16, 1851 – January 24, 1855 Elected by the Oregon Territorial Legislature
No image.svg Nathaniel H. Lane January 24, 1855 – January 10, 1856 Elected by the Oregon Territorial Legislature
No image.svg John D. Boon January 10, 1856 – March 3, 1859 Elected by the Oregon Territorial Legislature

State treasurers[edit]

The individuals who have served as state treasurer since its admission to the Union are listed on the table below. Except where noted, treasurers were elected on a statewide ballot and served one or more full terms.[3]

# Image Name Party Term
1 No image.svg John D. Boon Democratic March 3, 1859 –
September 8, 1862
2 No image.svg Edwin N. Cooke Republican September 8, 1862 –
September 12, 1870
3 No image.svg Louis Fleischner Democratic September 12, 1870 –
September 14, 1874
4 No image.svg A. H. Brown Democratic September 14, 1874 –
September 9, 1878
5 No image.svg Edward Hirsch Republican September 9, 1878 –
January 10, 1887
6 No image.svg G. W. Webb Democratic January 10, 1887 –
January 12, 1891
7 No image.svg Phil Metschan Republican January 12, 1891 –
January 9, 1899
8 No image.svg Charles S. Moore Republican January 9, 1899 –
January 14, 1907
9 George A. Steel.png George A. Steel Republican January 15, 1907 –
January 3, 1911
10 Thomas Benjamin Kay.jpg Thomas B. Kay Republican January 4, 1911 –
January 6, 1919
11 OPHoff.jpg O. P. Hoff Republican January 6, 1919 –
March 18, 1924 [4]
12 No image.svg Jefferson Myers Democratic March 18, 1924 –
January 4, 1925[5]
13 Thomas Benjamin Kay.jpg Thomas B. Kay Republican January 4, 1925 –
April 29, 1931[4]
14 Rufus Holman.jpg Rufus C. Holman Republican May 1, 1931 –
December 27, 1938[5][6][7]
15 No image.svg Walter E. Pearson Democratic December 27, 1938 –
January 6, 1941[5]
16 No image.svg Leslie M. Scott Republican January 6, 1941 –
January 3, 1949
17 No image.svg Walter J. Pearson Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 5, 1953
18 No image.svg Sig Unander Republican January 5, 1953 –
December 31, 1959[7]
19 No image.svg Howard C. Belton Republican January 4, 1960 –
January 4, 1965
20 No image.svg Robert W. Straub Democratic January 4, 1965 –
January 1, 1973
21 No image.svg James A. Redden Democratic January 1, 1973 –
January 3, 1977
22 ClayMyers.png Clay Myers Republican January 3, 1977 –
April 1, 1984[7]
23 No image.svg Bill Rutherford Republican April 1, 1984 –
July 9, 1987[5][7]
24 No image.svg Tony Meeker Republican July 9, 1987 –
January 4, 1993[5][6]
25 No image.svg Jim Hill Democratic January 4, 1993 –
January 1, 2001[8]
26 No image.svg Randall Edwards Democratic January 1, 2001 –
January 4, 2009
27 Ben Westlund Forward Oregon.jpg Ben Westlund Democratic January 5, 2009 –
March 7, 2010[4]
28 Ted Wheeler portrait.jpg Ted Wheeler Democratic March 9, 2010 –
January 1, 2017[5]
29 Representative Tobias Read.jpg Tobias Read Democratic January 3, 2017 –
present

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Oregon State Treasury (official website). Oregon State Treasurer. 2006. Archived from the original (web page) on 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  2. ^ a b Carey, Charles Henry. (1922). History of Oregon. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co.
  3. ^ a b c "Treasurers of Oregon" (webpage). Oregon Blue Book. Oregon Secretary of State. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  4. ^ a b c Died in office.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Appointed by Governor to fill vacancy.
  6. ^ a b Elected to full term after appointment.
  7. ^ a b c d Resigned.
  8. ^ "Jim Hill". Statesman Journal (newspaper article). 2006-04-30. pp. 2A. 

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