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Suzanne VanOrman

Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 52nd district
Assumed office 
Preceded by Patti Smith

Born July 1939 (age 70)
Dubuque, Iowa
Political party Democratic
Profession Former executive director, Mid-Columbia Children's Council

Suzanne VanOrman (born 1939) is an American politician from Oregon. A Democrat, she is a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, first elected in 2008. VanOrman, who resides in Hood River, represents District 52, which encompasses all of Hood River County and parts of Clackamas and Multnomah counties. She beat mixed martial artist and Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland 58-42 in the 2008 general election.

VanOrman serves as Vice-Chair of the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Communities committees. She also serves on the Education and Human Services committees.[1]

Suzanne has filed for re-election in Oregon House District 52 for the 2010 election cycle. Her campaign's website can be found at

The 2008 Campaign

Both the Lindland and VanOrman campaigns were noted as being particularly harsh. VanOrman's campaign video against Lindland was accused by many in the mixed martial arts community as being inaccurate in its portrayal of mixed martial arts competition. Allegedly, this included citing Lindland headbutting despite that being an illegal foul in the Unified Rules,[2][3] and deliberate repeated use of the charged term "cage fighting" instead of the appropriate term "mixed martial arts" (even displaying footage of Matt's bout in an Affliction promotion which is held in a ring rather than a cage).[4] Lindland's campaign attempted to paint VanOrman as tax-and-spend liberal and a career politician—a political cliché that her supporters denied. Also, Lindland's campaign, despite public record of VanOrman's name, referred to Suzanne as Susan throughout the election cycle.[5]


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