Oregon ALEC Politicians

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About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our ExposedbyCMD.org site.

For a list of politicians with known ALEC ties, please see ALEC Politicians.

This is a partial list of Oregon politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Oregon Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Mike Nearman (R-23)[1]
  • Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-56)[2]


  • Sen. Fred Girod (R-Stayton)[3]
  • Sen. William Hansell (R-29), attended ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting[4]
  • Sen. Dennis Linthicum (R-28-Klamath Falls), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual conference,[5] State Chairman

Former Representatives

Former Senators

  • Sen. Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day)[3]
  • Sen. Larry George (R-Sherwood)[3]
  • Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River)[3]

School Board Members

Gordon Lafer, Eugene 4J School Board, attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee Meeting", "Workshop: New Education Polling Data with EdChoice", "Opening General Session", "ACCE Meeting", "Communications and Technology Task Force Meeting", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Education and Workforce Development Task Force Meeting", "Training: Let's Talk About Workforce Development with Frank Luntz", "Friday General Session - Afternoon" and “Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting"


  1. ALEC,ALEC-FreedomWorks Legislator of the Week, ALEC, July 6, 2017.
  2. Nick Surgey Revealed "Documented", December 6, 2019
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 Michelle Cole, ALEC in Oregon: Here's the list of 22 state legislator members, Oregon Live, May 29, 2012
  4. David Armiak, "ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting Attendees and Sponsors Revealed", Center for Media and Democracy, July 23, 2020, accessed August 10, 2020.
  5. Nick Surgey 2019 Annual Meeting Attendees - Legislators Documented August 2019
  6. American Legislative Exchange Council, IR Task Force, June 29, 2011, organizational membership spreadsheet, June 29, 2011, p. 32, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Director - Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, June 30, 2011, p. 31, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  9. American Legislative Exchange Council, ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE TASK FORCE 35-Day Mailing - 2013 Annual Meeting, organizational document, July 3, 2013, on file with CMD.
  10. American Legislative Exchange Council, 2014 Annual Meeting 35-Day Mailing, organizational agenda document, accessed July 2014.
  11. American Legislative Exchange Council, Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Roster, organizational task force membership directory, October 27, 2010, p. 10, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  12. American Legislative Exchange Council, Public Safety & Elections Task Force 2011 Spring Task Force Summit April 29, 2011 Minutes, organizational document, June 30, 2011, p. 5, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  13. American Legislative Exchange Council, Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee Roster 2, organizational task force membership directory, March 31, 2011, p. 46, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  14. State of Oregon. New National Study Ranks Oregon 15th For Education. State government press release. Accessed October 4, 2011.
  15. Change.org. ThatRep. Kim Thatcher, Oregon House ThatRep. District 25: Stop pushing Exxon and Koch-sponsored ALEC bills!. Organization's petition. Accessed October 4, 2011.
  16. American Legislative Exchange Council, International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting and Federal Relations Working Group, meeting agenda and materials, August 4, 2011, on file with CMD
  17. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011
  18. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named EPA Letter for Senate