Steve Griffith

Oregon Senate District 19

Steve GriffithSteve Griffith’s personal and professional background is defined by a wide-ranging mind and adventurer’s spirit. In describing Steve, friends and colleagues alike use adjectives like reformist, daring, hard working, energetic, creative and open-minded. Whether leading a large practice group at a respected national law firm or teaching constitutional law to high school students, Steve celebrates differences and builds bridges.

Steve’s pursuit of personal and professional excellence began in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1967 when he played varsity soccer and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College. Immediately afterwards, Steve skipped across the big pond to earn a Masters of Philosophy in Politics from Oxford University. While at Oxford, Steve received a varsity letter in crew, earning the right to call himself a rower.

After earning his Masters degree, Steve served for two years as a high school teacher with the Peace Corps in Liberia, West Africa. In the early seventies he worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an award-winning program analyst, cementing his interest in the law. In 1974, Steve moved to Palo Alto, California, to attend Stanford Law School. Three years later he graduated with a Juris Doctor and had the honor of serving as both his class president and the school’s graduation speaker.

In 1977, Steve came to Oregon to serve as a judicial clerk for a U.S. District Court Judge. In 1979 Steve joined the Portland office of the Stoel Rives law firm. Two years later he was asked to serve as counsel to the Judiciary Committee in the Oregon House of Representatives. Throughout his professional career Steve has earned a reputation as a top-notch probate litigator. He is known for brilliant legal reasoning and for finding commonsense solutions to complex problems. Practicing law for nearly over thirty years has reinforced the values of hard work and fair play. Although serving his community as an attorney has been central to Steve’s life, he credits community involvement as his primary personal passion.

From 1987 – 1995 Steve served on the Portland School Board where he was elected chair four times. In 2009-2010, he chaired a Portland City Club committee studying regional transportation. Steve’s experience as a varsity soccer player made him a popular coach for the Portland Youth Soccer Association where he coached boys and girls teams for thirteen years. His passion for giving back to Oregon’s youth includes teaching a course at Lincoln High School on the U.S. Constitution. The students have taken 3rd and 4th place nationally in the “We the People” competition, and will be representing Oregon in the national competition again this year in April.

Steve’s pursuit of excellence in his professional life and his passion for youth and education is complemented by perhaps his most demanding hobby – mountain climbing. Using fitness, teamwork, planning and will power, Steve has summited the Matterhorn, the Grand Teton, Mount Hood, Kilimanjaro, and in January of 2008, Mount Vinson in Antarctica.

Steve is married to Christine Dickey, founder of Rise and Shine Early Childhood Education Center. He is the proud father of David Dickey-Griffith, a congressional intern in Washington, DC., and Meg Dickey-Griffith, an outdoor leader. Steve’s personal interests also include public affairs, architecture, music, running, bicycling, rowing and backpacking.

Steve Griffith for Oregon Senate
333 South State Street, Suite V 301
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034

A day in the Life of Steve:

  • 7 am – Recognized as ‘teacher of the week’ by radio station K103 for his volunteer teachings at Lincoln High School.
  • Noon – As chair of the study committee, presents report on yearlong study of regional transportation governance to the City Club of Portland. Recommendations are approved, 88-2
  • 8 pm – Introduced by Oregon Senate Minority leader Ted Ferrioli as a Republican candidate for State Senate District 19.
  • Evening – Meet and listen to the ideas and concerns of the issues Republicans at Dorchester are passionate about.
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