Richard Devlin

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Richard Devlin
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Devlin in 2009
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 19th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Randy Miller
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 24th district
In office
Preceded by Bob Tiernan
Succeeded by Greg Macpherson
Personal details
Born (1952-09-09) September 9, 1952 (age 64)
Eugene, Oregon
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Eliza Devlin
Residence Tualatin, Oregon
Occupation private investigator (retired)

Richard Devlin (born September 9, 1952) is a Democratic American politician serving in the Oregon State Senate, representing Oregon's 19th Senate district, which includes the cities of Durham, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Rivergrove, West Linn, parts of southwest Portland and Tigard, as well as unincorporated parts of southwestern Clackamas County, eastern Washington County, and southern Multnomah County.

Early career[edit]

Devlin was born in Eugene. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Portland State University in 1976 and a Master of Arts in Management from Pepperdine University in 1980.[1][2] He has worked in adult and juvenile corrections and as a civil and criminal investigator.[2]

Political career[edit]

From 1985 to 1988, Devlin was a member of the Tualatin City Council. In 1988, he was elected to the Metro Council, serving on it until 1995.[1] In 1994, Devlin won the Democratic nomination to the Oregon House of Representatives representing the 24th district, but lost in the general election to Republican Bob Tiernan.[3] In 1996, Devlin again faced Tiernan, but this time, defeated him.[4] Devlin was re-elected to the Oregon House in 1998 and 2000.

In 2002, Devlin ran for the Oregon State Senate to represent the 19th senate district; again, he faced Tiernan in the general election, and narrowly defeated him by a margin of 50% to 47%.[5] He was re-elected to another 4-year term in 2006.

In the Senate, Devlin has served on the Joint Ways and Means Committee and has chaired the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education and the Subcommittee on Natural Resources.[2] He served as Senate Majority Leader from 2007 to 2010, succeeding Kate Brown, who successfully ran for Oregon Secretary of State.[2][6]

Devlin was elected for a third term in 2010, defeating Republican Mary Kremer.[7] In 2014, he was unopposed for re-election.[8]


Devlin and his wife Eliza live in Tualatin. They have two children.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Senator Richard Devlin". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 15, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Senator Richard Devlin". Oregon State Legislature. Retrieved April 14, 2007. 
  3. ^ Kohler, Vince (November 10, 1994). "Clackamas county goes for GOP, big money measures". The Oregonian. 
  4. ^ Duin, Steve (November 7, 1996). "Voters say "boo" to Bob". The Oregonian. 
  5. ^ "How Oregon voted". The Oregonian. November 10, 2002. 
  6. ^ "Senate Democratic Caucus Announces Senator Richard Devlin as New Majority Leader" (Press release). Senate Majority Office. July 2, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Oregon Legislature election results". Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Oregon election results". Retrieved July 24, 2015. 

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