Kurt Schrader

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Kurt Schrader currently serves the 5th congressional district in Oregon

Kurt Schrader has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 5th district of the State of Oregon, since 2009 (map).

Positions, record and controversies

The Economy

Schrader does not support the bailout. He supports opening up the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help lower gas prices in the short term, and requiring oil companies to drill on land already leased. Schrader also supports fixing the Alternative Minimum Tax so that it is tied to inflation, extending the child care tax credit for families making $100,000 or less, increasing unemployment benefits and including community college scholarships for dislocated workers to receive new training, and investing in green jobs.

He also wants to see a return to fiscal responsibility in Congress by instituting pay-as-you-go requirements for all new spending and taxes. In addition, Schrader wants to cut the federal budget, he proposes cutting down on government contractors, reducing government travel and using telecommuting and conferencing instead, banning bonuses for political appointees, reducing the number of no-bid contracts, getting rid of tax cuts and subsides for corporations who don't need them and those which do not stimulate the economy, eliminating oil and gas subsides, and withdrawing from Iraq. [1]


Schrader believes that children should be held to high expectations, and supports strengthening math and English standards, increasing vocational and technical training so children will be equipped for going college or straight to a job. He would also have performance based budgeting while forcing every agency to prioritize programs. [1]


To improve healthcare, Schrader will work to improve insurance coverage and include preventive care, protect services for seniors, and lower prescription drug prices [1]


Schrader supports strong investments in renewable and alternate energy research, increases in fuel efficiency standards and strong requirements for carbon emissions, and better management of our federal forestry land [1]


2008 elections

Schrader won the Democratic nominee for the vacated seat of Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.) after prevailing in primary elections held on May 20, 2008[2]. He went on to defeat Republican nominee Mike Erickson in the November 2008 general election.[3]

Money in politics

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Campaign contributions

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Committees and affiliations



More background data


DC Office:
1419 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5711
Fax: (202) 225-5699
Web Email

District Office - Salem:
494 State Street, Suite 210
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 588-9100
Fax: (503) 588-5517

Official Schrader for Congress Web site

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Kurt Schrader| Issues & Leadership
  2. WillametteLive Editors, "Oregon Congressional Race Results", WillametteLive.com, May 20, 2008
  3. "Pennsylvania 2008 General Election", TheGreenPapers.com, November 4, 2008

External resources

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Agriculture, House Committee on Small Business
110th Congress
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Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Oregon Senate, Oregon House of Representatives
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District Offices:
1. 494 State Street, Suite 210, Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 588-9100 / Fax: (503) 588-5517

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Website: http://www.kurtschrader.com/
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Date of Birth: October 19, 1951