For more than 20 years, Kurt has been deeply involved in the communities of Oregon’s 5th Congressional District.
In many ways Kurt’s background is the story of this diverse district. He understands its agricultural heritage, having raised five children while growing organic crops on Canby’s historic Three Rivers Farm. Kurt is also a small businessman and veterinarian, who built his veterinary clinic in Oregon City from scratch. Kurt, however, is best known for his record of serving his neighbors and community. After serving on Canby’s local planning board he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1997, moving to the State Senate in 2003 where he served as the co-chair of Oregon’s budget-writing Committee on Ways and Means.
Kurt was elected to Congress in 2008, where he has forged a reputation as a hard-working consensus-builder. Based on his belief that progressive values only matter if you make real progress, Kurt founded the bipartisan “Problem Solvers Caucus,” which is part of the reason he has been so effective at passing legislation on issues including reducing prescription drug costs, preventing wildfires, expanding career and technical education, and protecting veterans’ retirement pay.
Kurt attended Cornell University where he received his BA in Government in 1973. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Illinois in 1977.