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Winning a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1972 and was re-elected in 1974 and 1976. During this time he was also attending law school and working at Portland State University. In 1978 he won a seat on the Multnomah County Commission and during his term sought a seat on the Portland City Council in 1981. He would lose this race to Margaret Strachan.
While on the city council, Blumenauer was able to work on transportation issues and was the Commissioner of Public Works for the city. It was during his time on the city council that Blumenauer went up against Vera Katz in the open mayoral election in 1992. While he would lose this race, he continued to serve on the city council and that allowed him the opportunity to run to replace Ron Wyden after he advanced to the U.S. Senate in 1996.
If Earl Blumenauer continues to serve in congress by 2016, he will have served twenty years in that office. He's never been in any serious danger of losing the seat, in fact he has won every race for congress with over 65% of the vote. In the tradition of Edith Green, he has also chaired Oregon Presidential campaigns. In 2004 he chaired the John Kerry campaign in Oregon and he did the same for Barack Obama in 2008.
Here are some of the great campaign items you can find out there from his various runs for public office.Earl Blumenhauer often faces opposition from third party candidates, especially the Pacific Green Party and Libertarian Party.
His strongest performing challenger was Republican Sarah Seale back in 2002. She came the closest any challenger has come to getting 30% of the vote against Earl Blumenauer. She picked up 26.74% of the vote, which was 62,821 votes.
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During four campaigns Blumenauer faced former Oregon State Senator Walter F. Brown in the general election. Brown is perhaps best known in Oregon and outside Oregon as the 2004 Socialist Party nominee for President.
In 2002 and 2006 Constitution Party candidate Dave Brownlow ran against Blumenauer. Brownlow is perhaps most known for his 2008 run for U.S. Senate.
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