Lee Beyer Announces plan to run for election to Senate District 6, representing Springfield area


November 11, 2009

Current Public Utility Commission Chair Lee Beyer announced today his intention to seek election to Senate District 6 during the 2010 election. Senate District 6 covers the communities of Brownsville, Coburg, Creswell, Sodaville, and Springfield.   Beyer previously represented the area before being appointed to run the PUC in 2001.

“I am fortunate to have already spent nearly three decades in public service,” said Beyer. “While my current position has been challenging and rewarding, the timing is right for me to return to a job I’ve always loved – serving in our state’s Legislature.”

In 2001 Beyer was appointed to chair the Oregon Public Utility Commission. In that role he has been responsible for protecting consumers and businesses from unfair rate hikes by cable providers and energy companies. Beyer will retire in early spring from his chairmanship to run for office full time.

"Lee has proven himself as an effective legislator for the citizens of Lane County and as an effective advocate for the citizens of Oregon as the chair of the Public Utility Commission," said Governor Ted Kulongoski.  "While his leadership will be missed at the PUC, the citizens of Oregon will continue to benefit from his public service as the next State Senator serving District 6."

Beyer has a long history of public service to Oregon, including over 10 years of previous experience in both the Senate and the House.  In addition to his time in the Legislature, Beyer served on the Springfield City Council for 10 years. As a legislator, Beyer earned a reputation as lawmaker who was successful at collaborating with all sides to find consensus on issues important to Oregonians.

“With each new challenge in public service, I’ve become increasingly invested in working to protect and improve our state,” said Beyer. “I’ve built relationships and delivered results for the people of Lane and Linn Counties and I’d be honored to go back to the state Capitol and represent them again.”

Earlier this year, current Senate District 6 Senator Bill Morrisette announced his intention to not seek reelection and instead run for Lane County Commission.  

“Lee Beyer is a giant. He was a giant when he served here before and he will be again,” said Senate President Peter Courtney. “He is one of the few people I’ve served with who truly understands business. He truly understands how to make government work.”

“Lee’s ties to his community run deep,” said Senate Majority Leader Richard Devlin. “He will be a strong voice for the issues of Lane and Linn Counties.”

Beyer and his spouse, Representative Terry Beyer, have three grown children and have lived in Springfield for 36 years.

Current Public Utility Commission Chair will leave position to run for re-election to Oregon State Senate