John Kitzhaber's file:

Democrat from Oregon

John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, was governor of Oregon for two terms, starting in 1995. He was inaugurated in 2011 for an unprecedented third term. He was elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1978, rising to the position of Senate President. He spearheaded the Oregon Health Plan as a legislator and as governor. Kitzhaber graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Oregon Medical School (now Oregon Health & Science University). He worked as an emergency room physician in Roseburg from 1974 to 1988.

Recent statements involving John Kitzhaber

"It's been 17 years that we've had unemployment higher than the national average in Oregon."

Oregon "is the most trade-dependent state in the nation"

"Since the governor took office, Oregon’s unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in three years."

"Oregon today has 100,000 more jobs than it did when I was elected."

Says "in this next biennium, the cost of primary and secondary education is going to increase by more that $1000 per student. Half of that $1000 – $500 per student – is accounted for by the increased cost of PERS alone."

Recent stories featuring John Kitzhaber

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