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September 22, 2011

Whitsett files for third term Oregon Senate District 28

Klamath Falls, OR – Senator Doug Whitsett (R-Klamath) announced Thursday that he will run for a third term representing District 28 in the Oregon State Senate.  District 28 includes all of Klamath, Lake and Crook, as well as parts of Jackson and Deschutes Counties.

“It is an honor to represent   the citizens of rural Oregon in the State Senate,” said Whitsett.  “I am running for re-election so I can continue to be a voice and strong advocate for the needs and perspectives that we value in this part of the state.  My highest priority is to help rural Oregon thrive and prosper through employment of its citizens.  This means we must reduce the government regulations that are acting as barriers to private sector job creation, shrink the size and cost of state government, lower taxes and help empower individuals to create successful businesses across our state.” 

Serving in his second term in the Senate, Whitsett is recognized as a fierce champion for the culture, economy and lifestyle of rural Oregon.  He has been a careful watchdog of environmental regulation, routinely identifying and fighting back excessive rule proposals and job-killing red tape.  He has earned a position on the powerful budget-writing Ways and Means Committee, where his eye for detail and numbers has made him a formidable enemy of government waste and out-of-control spending. 

During the 2011 session, Whitsett wrote and passed bills to streamline care for veterans, allow voluntary contributions to help fund Wildlife Services and enacted sweeping business friendly changes to rules regulating access to Oregon highways.  Whitsett has also continued to advocate for dedicated funding for Oregon State Police and tort reform.

Doug grew up on a working dairy farm in Powell Butte, Oregon, and later earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. He owned and operated the Klamath Animal Clinic in Klamath Falls and presently owns an equine breeding facility/farm in the Klamath Basin.

Doug is a past president of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and a past president of Water for Life, a statewide organization that advocates for agricultural water rights. He has long been active in Klamath Basin and state water issues and as a lecturer at state and regional veterinary conferences.  He is an active member of Rotary International.

Doug is also a past president of the Klamath County Cattlemen's Association, the Lake County Veterinary Medical Association, and served as a Director of the Klamath Bull Sale for the past 35 years.

Doug, and his wife, currently own and operate two small farms in the Klamath Basin, where they breed and raise European Warmblood Horses for dressage and jumping.



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