Steve Griffith Announces Run for State Senate Seat

Griffith Pledges to Focus on Creating Jobs, Improving
Education and Restoring Faith in Government

Long-time district resident and community leader, Republican Steve Griffith has officially announced his run for Oregon State Senate District 19 (Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin and SW Portland). He states that representing the voices of his community and bringing attention and resources to job creation and education will be a cornerstone of his campaign. Griffith says, “People are suffering and losing faith that their representatives are looking out for their interests. I will work to change that… we need legislators who show integrity, independence and grit – just like most Oregonians.”

Griffith, who has a passion for civic leadership, has already devoted much of his personal time to improving education in Oregon. He served two terms on the Portland School Board, including four times as Board Chair. Since 2000, he has been volunteer instructor for Lincoln High School’s course on the US Constitution in American History. Recently, Portland radio station K103 FM recognized his commitment to education by awarding him “Teacher of the Week”.

Once elected, Griffith hopes to build bridges in the State Senate to use every day to reduce partisan politics and to focus on the issues at hand. He views the civic spirit of Oregon as, “our greatest resource”. Griffith wants to restore faith in the legislative process. He says, “Oregonians don’t enjoy partisanship, and they don’t elect grown-ups to act like children. I will work hard to change that reality by embracing my colleagues in a spirit of mutual respect and open-minded dialogue to get Oregonians back to work.”

Griffith is proud of the constituents he hopes to represent saying, “The people of this state are proud of Oregon, generous to a fault with their time and are at their best working together. Unfortunately, our legislature has become captive to dominant special interest groups and has lost all accountability and connection to the voters. If given the opportunity to be the Senator for District 19, I will work tirelessly to reconnect the legislature with our communities.”

Griffith’s roots run deep in the community with over 30 years of experience as an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP. He served as legal counsel to the Oregon House Judiciary Committee during the 1981 legislative session. He holds a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, a Master of Philosophy in Politics from Oxford University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. He and his wife Christine have been married 30 years and raised two children in SW Portland. He and his wife have attended St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for 33 years.

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