John Kitzhaber on Principles & Values
36 years in government: state House; state Senate; Governor
I remember standing in this chamber in 1979--36 years ago--being sworn in as a freshman in the Oregon House of Representatives. And I remember the first time I sat on this dais 30 years ago as a newly elected Senate President in 1985. I have spent most
of my adult life in this building and I love it very much. I have just been sworn in for the very last time--what I would like to accomplish over the [next] four years--which will complete the arc of my political career.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Oregon Legislature
, Jan 12, 2015
Religious affiliation: Nondenominational.
Kitzhaber : religious affiliation:
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Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH14 on Nov 7, 2000
Member of Democratic Governors Association.
Kitzhaber is a member of the Democratic Governors Association:
Governors are, by definition, a different type of politician. They must be independent and pragmatic leaders, often reaching across party lines to get the people’s business done. Democratic Governors bring these skills to bear for the benefit of all of their citizens. They are leading the way with innovative ways to strengthen families, improve the quality of life, and prepare for the future. These principles are why Democratic Governors are good executives, good candidates, and will regain the majority of statehouses in 2002.
Source: DGA website, www.DemocraticGovernors.org/ 01-DGA1 on Aug 15, 2001
- Balancing budgets, investing in priorities and providing responsible tax cuts: support tax relief that is fair for working families.
- Creating new jobs and succeeding in the new economy: sustain economic development, particularly for small businesses that create the majority of new jobs.
- Supporting economic development in rural areas: ensure that rural and underserved communities have the technology
needed to participate in the New Economy.
- Improving public schools and investing in our youngest children: the most important aspect to insure a child’s education is to have the best possible teachers in the classroom.
- Protecting patients’ rights and providing seniors with affordable prescription drugs: guarantee that doctors and patients, not HMO bureaucrats, make medical decisions.
- Keeping streets, schools and communities safe: anti-crime measures that promise swift, severe and certain punishment, [plus] smart prevention measures like community policing.
- Improving quality of life through smart growth: excessive growth and sprawl threaten our communities
- Promoting clean air, clean water and clean neighborhoods: the old debate between environmental protection and economic development presented a false choice.
- Promoting personal responsibility through the next generation of welfare reform
Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development.
Kitzhaber is a member of the National Governors Association:
The National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington’s most respected public policy organizations. NGA provides governors with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing policy reports on innovative state programs and hosting networking seminars for state government executive branch officials. The NGA Center for Best Practices focuses on state innovations and best practices on issues that range from education and health to technology, welfare reform, and the environment. NGA also provides management and technical assistance to both new and incumbent governors.
Since their initial meeting in 1908 to discuss interstate water problems, governors have worked through the National Governors Association to deal with issues of public policy and governance relating to the states. The association’s ongoing mission is to support the work of the
governors by providing a bipartisan forum to help shape and implement national policy and to solve state problems.
Fortune Magazine recently named NGA as one of Washington’s most powerful lobbying organizations due, in large part, to NGA’s ability to lead the debate on issues that impact states. From welfare reform to education, from the historic tobacco settlement to wireless communications tax policies, NGA has influenced major public policy issues while maintaining the strength of our Federalist system of government.
There are three standing committees—on Economic Development and Commerce, Human Resources, and Natural Resources—that provide a venue for governors to examine and develop policy positions on key state and national issues.
[Note: NGA positions represent a majority view of the nation’s governors, but do not necessarily reflect a governor’s individual viewpoint. Governors vote on NGA policy positions but the votes are not made public.]
Source: National Governors Association web site www.NGA.org 01-NGA0 on Jan 1, 2001
Member of the Western Governors' Association.
Kitzhaber is a member of the Western Governors' Association:
Established in 1984, the Western Governors' Association is an independent, non-partisan organization of governors from 18 western states and three U.S.-flag Pacific islands. The Association was formed to provide strong leadership in an era of critical change in the economy and demography of the West. The Western Governors recognize that many vital issues and opportunities shaping our future span state lines and are shared throughout the West.
Mission Through their Association, the Western Governors identify and address key policy and governance issues in natural resources, the environment, human services, economic development, international relations and public management.
Governors select the issues based on regional interest and impact. WGA helps the governors develop strategies both for the complex, long-term issues facing the West and for the region's immediate needs. Governors use the WGA to develop and advocate policies that reflect regional interests and relationships in debates at the national and state levels.
The WGA has six basic objectives:
Source: Western Governors' Association Mission Statement 01-WGA0 on Aug 17, 2001
- Develop and Communicate Regional Policy
- Serve as a Leadership Forum
- Build Regional Capacity
- Conduct Research and Disseminate Findings
- Form Coalitions and Partnerships to Advance Regional Interests
- Build Public Understanding and Support for Regional Issues and Policy Positions
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