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About Chris

Representative Chris Gorsek lives in Troutdale with his wife Jackie and their children, Annie and Christopher. They are long time East County residents who are proud to have called Troutdale their home for over 15 years.

Chris was first elected to represent House District 49, which includes the cities of Fairview, Troutdale, Wood Village and northern Gresham, in 2012. As a first-term legislator, Chris established himself as a champion of education and increased accountability and transparency. He passed an unprecedented audit of TriMet’s operations and finances, which The Oregonian called “… a mighty public service,” and is leading a task force that is working to increase the amount of childcare at our community colleges to better serve students with families.

In addition to his job as your representative, Chris continues to teach geography and criminal justice full time at Mt. Hood Community College. Prior to teaching at MHCC, Chris was a police officer with the Portland Police Bureau for seven years, patrolling neighborhoods on the east side of Portland. Chris received his B.S. and M.A. from the University of Oregon and his Ph. D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University.