Jim Hill (Oregon politician)

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Jim Hill
25th Oregon State Treasurer
In office
January 4, 1993 – January 1, 2001
Preceded by Tony Meeker
Succeeded by Randall Edwards
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 16th district
In office
January 12, 1987 – January 4, 1993
Preceded by L. B. Day
Succeeded by Catherine Webber
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 31st district
In office
January 10, 1983 – January 12, 1987
Preceded by Alan Riebel
Succeeded by Rocky Barilla
Personal details
Born (1947-04-23) April 23, 1947 (age 71)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic

Jim Hill (born April 23, 1947)[1] is an attorney, financial consultant, and politician from the U.S. state of Oregon. He served two terms as Oregon State Treasurer from January 4, 1993, to January 1, 2001,[2] and had previously served in both the Oregon State Senate and the Oregon House of Representatives. He was born in Atlanta.[1]

Education and personal[edit]

Hill graduated with a degree in economics from Michigan State University in 1969. He received both an MBA (1971) and a law degree (1974) from Indiana University. Divorced and having one grown daughter, Hill makes his home in Salem, Oregon.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

Supporters of Jim Hill in 2006

Hill was elected treasurer in 1992, the first African American elected to statewide office in Oregon.[2][3] He had previously served in the Oregon State Senate (1987–1993) and the Oregon House of Representatives (1983–1987). He ran unsuccessfully for the House in 1980, and for governor in 2002 and 2006.

In 2010, Hill briefly stood in the special election for Oregon State Treasurer, to complete the term of Ben Westlund, who died in office.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Biography in the Oregon Blue Book, 1997, p. 16.
  2. ^ a b c "Treasurers of Oregon" (webpage). Oregon Blue Book. Oregon Secretary of State. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-03.
  3. ^ a b "Incumbant advantage isn't a sure thing in '06". statesmanjournal.newspapers.com. Statesman Journal. April 30, 2006. pp. 1&#45, 2 A. Retrieved April 29, 2018. (Subscription required (help)).closed access publication – behind paywall
  4. ^ Jeff Mapes (March 9, 2010). "Jim Hill files for treasurer". oregonlive.com. The Oregonian. Retrieved April 29, 2018.Free to read
  5. ^ Mapes, Jeff (March 11, 2010). "Jim Hill drops Oregon Treasurer candidacy". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 14, 2016.Free to read
Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Meeker
Treasurer of Oregon
Succeeded by
Randall Edwards