Ron Saxton

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Ron Saxton
Personal details
Born 1954 (age 62–63)
Albany, Oregon, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Willamette University
University of Virginia

Ronald L. Saxton (born 1954) is an American lawyer and Republican politician in Oregon. A native of Oregon, his first public office was with the Portland Public Schools Board. He has run twice for Governor of Oregon, losing in the 2002 primary election, and winning the Republican nomination in 2006, but losing in the general election.

Early life and career[edit]

Saxton was born in Albany, Oregon in 1954. He graduated from Albany High School in 1972, earned a bachelor's degree from Willamette University in 1976,[1] and a juris doctor at from University of Virginia School of Law in 1979.[1]

Saxton helped to co-found the Ater Wynne law firm in 1990.[2] From 1990 to 2000 he served as the chairman of the firm.[3] In 1997, he was elected to the Portland Public Schools Board serving through 2001, and served as its Chair from 1998-2000.[1]

Saxton was also the founding president of the Portland Schools Foundation, a community-based organization that has raised over $30 million in private contributions in Oregon's largest school district.[4] He has also chaired the Strategic Planning committee of the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts, co-chaired the Oregon Higher Education Roundtable, and served on the board of the Saturday Academy, a science and math mentoring program for Oregon's youth.[4]

Saxton is married to Lynne Hume Saxton, also a fourth generation Oregonian, and together they have one son, Andy. The Saxton family are adherents to the Presbyterian faith.

Political aspirations[edit]

2002 run for Governor[edit]

In 2002, Saxton unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Governor of Oregon. He placed third in the primary behind Kevin Mannix and Jack Roberts.[5]

2006 Gubernatorial nomination[edit]

On March 23, 2005, Saxton announced that he would again seek the Republican nomination for Governor in 2006. Kevin Mannix also ran again, and State Senator Jason Atkinson ran a strong campaign as well. Toward the end of the primary, Saxton and Mannix launched a series of negative ads toward each other.[6]

Saxton won the Republican Primary for Governor of Oregon on May 16, 2006 with 43% of the vote, versus Mannix's 30% and Atkinson's 22%.[7] On November 7, 2006, Saxton was defeated by Democratic incumbent Ted Kulongoski.

Later life[edit]

Following the election, Saxton announced he was unlikely to run for political office again.[8] In 2007, he joined manufacturer Jeld-Wen as an executive.[9] Saxton left Jeld-Wen in 2014 to return to private practice as a partner with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in Portland.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Ron Saxton. The Oregonian, October 15, 2006. Page A10
  2. ^ Law, Steve. Oregon governor's race party profile: Republicans. Statesman Journal, April 23, 2006.
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  4. ^ a b Jason Atkinson. Statesman Journal, April 23, 2006.
  5. ^ Governor
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  7. ^ Elections Coverage
  8. ^ Oregonian article, Dec. 17, 2006.
  9. ^ a b Rogoway, Mike (December 4, 2014). "Ron Saxton, former GOP gubernatorial nominee and Jeld-Wen exec, now partner at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt". The Oregonian. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Kevin Mannix
Republican nominee for Governor of Oregon
Succeeded by
Chris Dudley