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Chris Edwards, a 6th generation Oregonian, was born in Roseburg. He spent the first half of his childhood in Bandon, where his dad was the operating partner of a veneer mill. When Chris was in middle school, his parents moved the family to Eugene so that his mom could go back to school (Lane Community College, then UO), and so Chris and his sister could benefit from the educational opportunities in Eugene. After graduating from high school, Chris enrolled at Oregon State University, where he was active in numerous campus leadership roles and earned his degree in Business Administration while minoring in Latin American Studies.
After graduating from Oregon State, Chris returned to Eugene to work in the family’s forest products business. As the company’s General Manager Chris came to appreciate the challenges facing small businesses: markets that were dominated by corporate giants, well-intentioned regulation that was difficult to comply with, and skyrocketing health care costs that were crippling the bottom line. After a nearly fatal market downturn, Chris and his dad and their loyal employees pulled together to get the company through very difficult times.
In 2006, Chris was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives and served in the 2007-2009 legislative sessions. Then in 2009, he was appointed to the State Senate and is currently serving his second term as the Senator representing Eugene and Junction City. Chris continues to fight for what he believes in:
In December of 2014, Chris was appointed as Chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee.
When not in Legislative session, Chris works in his own small business to help Oregon companies establish sales and distribution in Asian markets. As a small business owner, Chris understands the challenges facing entrepreneurs working to grow their companies, build a retirement, and give back to their community.
As one of the youngest members of the Senate and one of the few members with school aged children, you will likely find Chris taking his kids to or from school, soccer practice, gymnastics, or Tae Kwon Do when he’s not in Salem or working in his business.
In the Senate, Chris has earned a reputation as a thoughtful lawmaker who is willing to work with Republicans and Democrats alike to make Oregon a place that we can all be proud of; an exciting place to start and grow a business, a state with plentiful job opportunities, and a healthy place to raise a family.