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|United States Senator
January 3, 2009
Serving with Ron Wyden
|Preceded by||Gordon Smith|
|64th Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives|
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Karen Minnis|
|Succeeded by||Dave Hunt|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 47th district
January 3, 1999 – January 2, 2009
|Preceded by||Frank Shields|
|Succeeded by||Jefferson Smith|
Jeffrey Alan Merkley
October 24, 1956
Myrtle Creek, Oregon, U.S.
|Alma mater||Stanford University
Merkley was a five-term member of the Oregon House of Representatives representing House District 47, located in eastern Multnomah County within the Portland city limits. He also served as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.
He defeated two-term Republican incumbent Gordon Smith in the 2008 U.S. Senate election and easily defeated Monica Wehby in the 2014 U.S. Senate election.
Merkely was the first member of the Senate to endorse Bernie Sanders in his bid for the Democratic nomination for President.
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