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Jeff Merkley
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United States Senator
from Oregon
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Serving with Ron Wyden
Preceded by Gordon Smith
64th Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives
In office
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
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 2, 2009
Preceded by Frank Shields
Succeeded by Jefferson Smith
Personal details
Born
Jeffrey Alan Merkley

October 24, 1956 (1956-10-24) (age 63)
Myrtle Creek, Oregon, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Sorteberg
Alma mater Stanford University
Princeton University
Website Senate website

Jeffrey Alan "Jeff" Merkley (born October 24, 1956) is an American politician. He is the junior United States Senator from Oregon. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

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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