Oregon legislative election, 2012
16 seats of the Oregon State Senate and 60 seats of the Oregon House of Representatives
The 2012 elections for the Oregon Legislative Assembly determined the composition of both houses for the 77th Oregon Legislative Assembly. The Republican and Democratic primary elections were on May 15, 2012, and the general election was on November 6, 2012. Sixteen of the Oregon State Senate's 30 seats were up for election, as were all 60 seats of the Oregon House of Representatives.
In the Senate, the Democrats kept a 16–14 majority, identical to their advantage in the previous legislative session. In the House, Democrats took a 34–26 majority, up from a 30–30 split in the previous session.
16 seats of the Oregon State Senate
In the previous session, Democrats controlled the Senate with a 16–14 majority. Of the 16 seats up for election, eight were previously held by Democrats, and eight by Republicans.
- District 2: Republican Jason Atkinson retired.
- District 5: Democrat Joanne Verger retired.
- District 27: Republican Chris Telfer was defeated in the District 27 primary by Tim Knopp, the vice president of the Central Oregon Builders Association and a former state Representative.
- District 29: Republican David Nelson retired.
|Oregon State Senate elections, 2012
General election — November 6, 2012
|Party||Votes||Percentage||Seats won||Seats contested|
|Total ballots returned||992,443||100.00%||16||34|
|Voter turnout||83.14% (Registered Voters)|
of Central Point
|Retired||Republican||Herman Baertschiger Jr.||34,420|
of Coos Bay
|17||Democratic||Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
|Re-elected||Democratic||Elizabeth Steiner Hayward||37,545|
|25||Democratic||Laurie Monnes Anderson
|Re-elected||Democratic||Laurie Monnes Anderson||22,944|
|Lost in primary||Republican||Tim Knopp||35,398|
of Klamath Falls
of John Day
House of Representatives
In the House, all 60 seats up for re-election. In the previous session, the house was evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, 30–30.
- District 9: Democrat Arnie Roblan won an open state senate seat in District 5.
- District 10: Democrat Jean Cowan retired.
- District 12: Democrat Terry Beyer retired.
- District 26: Republican Matt Wingard won the Republican primary, but dropped his re-election bid following a scandal.
- District 36: Democrat Mary Nolan ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Portland City Council.
- District 40: Democratic Dave Hunt ran unsuccessfully for chairman of the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners.
- District 47: Democratic Jefferson Smith ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Portland.
- District 48: Democrat Mike Schaufler lost in the Democratic primary to Jeff Reardon.
- District 56: Republican Bill Garrard retired.
of Gold Beach
of Grants Pass
|Constitution (Oregon)||Barbara L. Gonzalez||3,043|
|Libertarian||Johnie Wayne Scott||2,944|
of Central Point
|Constitution (Oregon)||Rick Hake||3,047|
|Republican||Sandra A. Abercrombie||10,427|
of Coos Bay
|Libertarian||Sharon A. Mahler||790|
|Democratic||Kathy T. Graham||9,916|
|Lost re-election||Republican||Katie Eyre||9,788|
|Lost re-election||Republican||Shawn Lindsay||11,096|
|Constitution (Oregon)||Ray Biggs||782|
of Cannon Beach
|Constitution (Oregon)||Jim Welsh||6,938|
of West Linn
|Libertarian||Meredith Love Taggart||695|
of Lake Oswego
of Oregon City
|Democratic||Christopher Cameron Bangs||11,045|
|Republican||Timothy E. McMenamin||8559|
|Republican||Anne Marie Gurney||5177|
|Retired||Democratic||Jessica Vega Pederson||12662|
of Happy Valley
|Lost in primary||Democratic||Jeff Reardon||13967|
|Republican||George (Sonny) Yellott||6255|
|Lost re-election||Republican||Matt Wand||9602|
|Lost re-election||Republican||Patrick Sheehan||11199|
of Hood River
|Democratic||Nathan R. Hovekamp||12877|
of Powell Butte
of Klamath Falls
|Democratic||Heidi Van Schoonhoven||6066|
of The Dalles
|Democratic||Gary L. Ollerenshaw||8678|
- "2012 Election Results: Oregon Legislature". OregonLive.com. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
- Mapes, Jeff (March 6, 2012). "Jason Atkinson pulls plug on re-election effort, says he will ask Rep. Wally Hicks to run in his place". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- Cole, Michelle (January 31, 2012). "Oregon Rep. Terry Beyer joins list of state lawmakers not seeking re-election". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- Cole, Michelle (May 15, 2012). "Oregon state Rep. Mike Schaufler and state Sen. Chris Telfer lose seats (2012 primary election)". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "Voter Turnout - Oregon - General Election 2012" (PDF).
- "General Election Abstracts of Votes: State Senate" (PDF). Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- Mapes, Jeff (June 19, 2012). "Matt Wingard says he won't run for re-election to Oregon House". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- Slovic, Beth (July 5, 2011). "Oregon Rep. Mary Nolan to challenge Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- Zheng, Yuxing (September 20, 2011). "State Rep. Dave Hunt announces 2012 run for Clackamas County chairman -- with draft press release". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- Slovic, Beth (September 13, 2011). "Jefferson Smith announces he will run for Portland mayor, challenging Eileen Brady and Charlie Hales". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "General Election Abstracts of Votes: State Representative" (PDF). Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- Incumbent Matt Wingard won the Republican primary, but withdrew his candidacy due to a scandal. Republicans chose John Davis as their replacement candidate.
- Mapes, Jeff (July 9, 2012). "Republicans pick John Davis to replace Rep. Matt Wingard as GOP nominee in House District 26". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
- Adriana Cañas won the Democratic primary, but withdrew her candidacy after her recent bankruptcy was made public. Democrats chose replacement candidate on July 21.
- Barron-Lopez, Laura (July 21, 2012). "Joseph Gallegos wins Democratic nomination for Hillsboro legislative seat". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- Ran for Portland City Council.
- Ran for chair of the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners.
- Ran for mayor of Portland.