ABOUT CHRIS

Representative Chris Gorsek lives in Troutdale with his wife Jackie in the home where they raised 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 Fairview, Troutdale, Wood Village, North Gresham, Rockwood and some of East Portland, 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.”  Chris has also been a leading voice for tenants rights issues, championing legislation that eliminated no-cause evictions. Gorsek also updated the Oregon Strategic Investment Program which precipitated one of the larger expansions of jobs and industrial capacity in East County.  He has worked extensively on justice reform, passing legislation requiring police in-custody interviews with young people to be recorded, which has been shown to reduce, if not eliminate, the rate of false confessions, and made the system more equitable and fair.

In addition to his job as a state 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 eastside 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 while working full-time to support his family. 

BILLS PASSED:

HB 4143, 2016 session

Relating to housing; and declaring an emergency.

This bill stopped landlords from increasing rents in the first year of occupancy, and increased the length of notice before landlords increase rent after the first year. 

BILLS PASSED:

HB 2652, 2015 session

Relating to Updating the Oregon Strategic Investment Program (SIP); and prescribing an effective date.

Provided an even playing field for East Multnomah County when providing SIP incentives to large employers considering a move to East County.

BILLS PASSED:

HB 3261, 2019 session

Relating to law enforcement interviews of persons under 18 years of age.

Required police officers to record any interviews they hold with youth that, if they were adults, would be faced with misdemeanors or felony charges.

Press clips

Gorsek Wins House District 49 Seat

 “It is my greatest honor to represent Oregon’s House District 49, and I thank the community for choosing to re-elect me to serve as their representative in Salem. I am proud of my record of supporting job creation with my update of the Oregon Strategic Investment Program. . . as well as implementing reforms to protect youth when questioned by law enforcement” 

– The Outlook, Pamplin Media Group 

Oregon's Cap-And-Trade Bill Clears House, Heads To Senate

“This bill is not just about Oregon, it’s about building environmental momentum,” said Rep. Chris Gorsek, D-Troutdale. “I believe that this will inspire other states, cities, counties, and perhaps even the federal government at some point to join with us.”

– Oregon Public Broadcasting

Gorsek Snags Transportation Dollars for Troutdale

“We made sure that access to our East County industrial area was made a specific item in the transportation package to strengthen thriving businesses and attract new investment”

– The Outlook, Pamplin Media Group