Ted Wheeler

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Ted Wheeler
Treasurer of Oregon
Assumed office
March 11, 2010
Governor Ted Kulongoski (2010–11)
John Kitzhaber (2011–15)
Kate Brown (since 2015)
Preceded by Ben Westlund
Chairperson of the County Commission of Multnomah County
In office
Preceded by Diane Linn
Succeeded by Jeff Cogen
Personal details
Born Edward Tevis Wheeler
(1962-08-31) August 31, 1962 (age 52)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Katrina
Alma mater Stanford University
Columbia University
Harvard University
Website Government website

Edward Tevis "Ted" Wheeler (born August 31, 1962) is an American politician from Oregon. He was appointed Oregon State Treasurer on March 9, 2010, to replace Ben Westlund, who died in office, and was subsequently elected to a full term in 2012. He is a member of the Democratic Party.[1]

Wheeler is currently first in line to the governorship, due to the appointment of Jeanne Atkins as secretary of state. Under the Oregon Constitution, appointed officials are not included in the line of succession.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

A fifth-generation Oregonian, Wheeler was born in Portland, Oregon, where he attended Portland Public Schools, including graduation from Lincoln High School.[3] He received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Stanford University in 1985. He also earned an MBA from Columbia University and a masters in public policy from Harvard University.[4] Wheeler worked for several financial services companies, including the Bank of America and Copper Mountain Trust.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 2006, Wheeler defeated incumbent Multnomah County chair Diane Linn to become chairman of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners,[5] taking office in January 2007. On March 7, 2010, incumbent Oregon state treasurer Ben Westlund died of lung cancer. Two days later, Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Wheeler to fill Westlund's seat. Wheeler defeated fellow Democrat Rick Metsger in the Democratic primary election on May 18, 2010,[6] and subsequently defeated Republican Chris Telfer, Progressive Walt Brown and Michael Marsh of the Constitution Party in a special election in November that determined that Wheeler would complete the rest of Westlund's term, which was set to expire in 2013.[7] He won election to a second full term in 2012.


Wheeler is an Eagle Scout and is an avid outdoorsman.[3] He summited Mount Everest in 2002.[8] He lives in Southwest Portland with his wife and daughter.[3]


  1. ^ a b Mapes, Jeff (March 9, 2010). "Governor Ted Kulongoski names Ted Wheeler as next Oregon treasurer". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ Lehman, Chris (March 6, 2015). "Jeanne Atkins Named Oregon's Next Secretary Of State". KUOW. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "About Ted". TedWheeler.com. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ted Wheeler". VoteSmart.org. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Kimberly A.C. (May 18, 2006). "Day after rout, new Multnomah County chairman back on trail". The Oregonian. p. D1. 
  6. ^ "Kitzhaber, Dudley win primaries". Portland Business Journal. May 18, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ Voters' Guide, Oregon General Election November 2, 2010
  8. ^ Fought, Tim (2010-03-09). "Ted Wheeler jumps to State Treasurer slot". Associated Press (KATU). Retrieved 14 March 2010. 

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