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Kurt Schrader

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 5th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Darlene Hooley

Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 20th district
In office
2003 – 2008 [1]
Preceded by Verne Duncan
Succeeded by Martha Schrader

Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 23rd district
In office
1997 – 2003
Preceded by Jerry Grisham
Succeeded by Wayne Scott

Born October 19, 1951 (1951-10-19) (age 58)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Martha Northam Schrader
Residence Canby, Oregon
Alma mater Cornell University, University of Illinois
Occupation Veterinarian
Religion unspecified

Kurt Schrader (born October 19, 1951) is an American veterinarian and politician from the state of Oregon. A Democrat, he is the Representative for Oregon's 5th congressional district. Prior to his election to the U.S. Congress, he served in the Oregon State Senate.


Early life

Schrader was born in Connecticut and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1973. While at Cornell, Schrader met Martha Northam, and the two were married in 1975.[2] Schrader earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois in 1977. A year later, the Schraders moved to Oregon, and Kurt opened the Clackamas County Veterinary Clinic in Oregon City to begin his veterinary practice.[2]

Political career

Schrader served 16 years on the Canby Planning Commission before running for the Oregon House of Representatives in 1994, where he lost to Republican Jerry Grisham by just 38 votes.[3] In 1996, Schrader ran again, and this time, defeated Paul Kraxburger.[4] He was subsequently reelected to the House in 1998 and 2000.

In 2002, Schrader ran for the Oregon State Senate seat vacated by the retiring Verne Duncan, representing the 20th district in southwestern Clackamas County, including the cities of Barlow, Canby, Gladstone, Johnson City, Oregon City, and portions of Milwaukie. He defeated fellow Oregon House member Kathy Lowe in a contentious Democratic primary, and then faced no Republican opposition in the general election.[5] Martha Schrader was the Democratic nominee to succeed her husband, but lost in the general election to Wayne Scott.[5] She served as a Clackamas County commissioner until 2009, when she was appointed by the same commission (with Martha recusing herself from voting) to replace her husband in the State Senate.[1]

In the Oregon Senate, Schrader served as co-chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee in the 2003[6] and 2005 sessions and chair of the Interim Joint Legislative Audit Committee in the 2005 session.

To prepare for his House seat, Schrader resigned effective December 17.[1]


2008 Congressional campaign

In May 2008, Schrader won the Democratic nomination for Oregon's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for the seat being vacated by Darlene Hooley.[1] In the general election, Schrader defeated Republican Mike Erickson to win election to the U.S. House.[7] Schrader won the election with 54 percent of the vote to Erickson's 38 percent. Schrader won all seven of the counties in the 5th congressional district, though he posted a plurality win in Polk County.

Membership in Congress

Schrader was sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives on January 6, 2009. He was assigned to the House Agriculture Committee, which matches the agricultural roots of Oregon's 5th congressional district, and the House Small Business Committee.

In one of Schrader's first votes in Congress, he supported the $819 billion economic stimulus package.

On December 17, 2009, Schrader announced that he would become a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.[8]

Committee assignments


Schrader and his wife live in Canby on the Kraft-Brandes-Culberston Farmstead, also known as Three Rivers Farm, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9] They have four adult children.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Schrader Submits Resignation to Secretary of State". Salem News. http://www.salem-news.com/articles/december182008/schrader_resigns_12-18-08.php. Retrieved 2008-12-22.  
  2. ^ a b c Kohler, Vince (1997-05-01). "Vet makes a house call". The Oregonian.  
  3. ^ Hunsberger, Brent (1996-11-11). "More absentees vote but alter few races". The Oregonian.  
  4. ^ Kohler, Vince (1994-11-15). "Grisham wins by 38 votes". The Oregonian.  
  5. ^ a b Mayes, Steve (2002-05-22). "Schraders ahead in legislative races". The Oregonian.  
  6. ^ "Senator Kurt Schrader". Oregon State Legislature. http://web.archive.org/web/20041211124245/http://www.leg.state.or.us/schrader/bio.htm. Retrieved 2007-04-14.  
  7. ^ "Schrader wins 5th District". OregonLive.com. 2008-11-04. http://www.oregonlive.com/special/index.ssf/2008/11/fifth.html. Retrieved 2008-11-04.  
  8. ^ "Blue Dogs Welcome New Members". Blue Dog Coalition. 2009-12-17. http://www.house.gov/melancon/BlueDogs/Press%20Releases/2009%20-%20BD%20New%20Member%20Announcement%20-%2012.16.09.pdf. Retrieved 2009-12-17.  
  9. ^ "Oregon - Clackamas County". National Register of Historic Places. http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/or/Clackamas/state.html. Retrieved 2008-04-14.  

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Darlene Hooley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 5th congressional district

2009 – present
Representatives to the 111th United States Congresses from Oregon
111th Senate: R. Wyden | J. Merkley House: D. Wu | G. Walden | E. Blumenauer | P. DeFazio | K. Schrader


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