Tim Knopp

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Tim Knopp
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Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 27th district
Assumed office
January 14, 2013
Preceded by Chris Telfer
Constituency Bend, Redmond, Sunriver, and Tumalo.
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 54th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1965-09-30) September 30, 1965 (age 51)
Portland, Oregon
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Melissa Knopp
Residence Bend, Oregon

Tim Knopp (born September 30, 1965) is an American Republican politician who is a current member of the Oregon Senate, representing the 27th District.[1] A native Oregonian, Knopp has lived in Central Oregon for nearly 35 years. He served in the Oregon Legislature from 1999 to 2005, including as Oregon House Majority Leader. Knopp challenged incumbent Republican senator Chris Telfer in the 2012 primary elections, criticizing Telfer's record on job creation. Knopp defeated Telfer 68% to 32%.[2] He went on to defeat his Democratic opponent in the general election 60% to 40%.[3]

Political career[edit]

Knopp spent over 20 years as a small business owner. He was a former little league coach and Bend Chamber of Commerce board member and he currently sits on the board of First Story, an affordable housing non-profit. Knopp is the Executive Vice President of the Central Oregon Builders Association and the Executive Director of Building Partner for Affordable Housing. Knopp was first elected to the 54th District of the Oregon House of Representatives in 1998, defeating both a Democratic and Libertarian opponent.[4] He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Workforce, as well as on the Senate Committee on Health Care and the Senate Committee on Human Services.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife, Melissa, have been married over 30 years and have 4 children: Reagan, Emilie, Daniel, and Grace.[6]