By Jason Cox
Of the Keizertimes
On a night where Republicans took over the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Kurt Schrader proved to be the exception rather than the rule.
Schrader outlasted Republican opponent Scott Bruun by a 51 percent to 46 margin.
While he voted in favor of health care reform, Schrader’s campaign strategy sought both to defend congressional actions in the past two years as well as distance himself from the furthest left-leaning wing of his party.
In the end, it was enough. Bruun had promised to co-sponsor a bill repealing said health care reform efforts, and accused congressional Democrats of not passing a budget in order to keep eyes away from a growing spending problem.
This race was considered to be Oregon’s hottest congressional race this year. Television viewers were bombarded by negative advertising as national attention focused on the race. Throughout the campaign Schrader’s seat went from safe, to warm, to hot.
Based in Canby, Schrader started his political career on Canby’s planning commission, and was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1997, moving up to the state Senate in 2003. He was co-chair of the state’s budget committee prior to his election to Congress in 2008. He owns a veterinary clinic in Oregon City. In his first congressional term, he was on the House Agriculture Committee, Small Business Committee and Budget Committee. He chairs the Finance and Lending subcommittee on small business.
Bruun served three terms in the Oregon Legislature, representing District 37. Most recently he was on the Revenue and Healthcare committees. He has worked in the investment and banking sectors. Bruun first ran for Congress in 1996. He lives in West Linn.