Wyden, Ron, 1949-

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Ronald Lee Wyden (born May 3, 1949) is an American politician and retired educator. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented Oregon's 3rd congressional district from 1981 to 1996 and has served as a U.S. Senator from Oregon since 1996.

Born in Wichita, Kansas and raised in Palo Alto, California, he graduated from Palo Alto High School before attending the University of California, Santa Barbara and earning a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. While teaching gerontology at several Oregon universities, Wyden founded the Oregon chapter of the Gray Panthers, which he led from 1974 to 1980. He was also the director of the Oregon Legal Services Center for Elderly, a nonprofit law service. From 1977 to 1979 he served on the Oregon State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators.

Wyden ran for the United States House of Representatives in 1980. After defeating incumbent Democrat Bob Duncan in the primary, Wyden defeated his Republican opponent, Darrell Conger, with 71% of the vote. The 3rd has long been the most Democratic district in Oregon, and Wyden was reelected seven times, never with less than 70% of the vote. In the House, Wyden played an influential role in the passage of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

In January 1996, in a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Bob Packwood, Wyden defeated Oregon State Senate President Gordon Smith by just over 18,000 votes. As Senator, Wyden has taken the lead on policies that are helping to grow the economy in areas like improved infrastructure through his Build America Bonds program, micro and nano-technology, e-commerce, and through incentives for cleaner sources of energy. He has taken the lead on policies that are helping to grow the economy in areas like improved infrastructure through his Build America Bonds program, micro and nano-technology, e-commerce, and through incentives for cleaner sources of energy.

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referencedIn College of Liberal Arts Videotapes, 1975-1996, 1975-1986 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
referencedIn Dennis A. “Denny” Smith papers, 1979-1991, 1984-1990 Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn President's Office Photographs, 1923-1998, 1935-1995 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
creatorOf Wyden, Ron. Correspondence to Chaim Potok, 1982. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Oregon State University. Office of the President. President's Office photographs, 1923-1998 (bulk 1935-1995). Oregon State University Libraries
creatorOf Oregon State University. College of Liberal Arts. College of Liberal Arts videotapes, 1975-1996 (bulk 1975-1986). Oregon State University Libraries
creatorOf Wyden, Ronald L. (Ronald Lee), 1949-. Ronald L. Wyden : commercials , 1980-1996. University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
referencedIn John Mock residence photographic collection [graphic], circa 1970-1972. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn John Mock residence photographic collection, circa 1970-1972 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
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associatedWith Oregon State University. Office of the President. corporateBody
associatedWith Smith, Dennis A. person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Stanford university corporateBody
memberOf United States. Congress. House person
memberOf United States. Congress. Senate corporateBody
almaMaterOf University of California, Santa Barbara corporateBody
associatedWith University of Oklahoma. Political Commercial Archive. corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf University of Oregon. School of Law corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Eugene OR US
Wichita KS US
Portland OR US
Palo Alto CA US
Santa Barbara CA US
Stanford CA US
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Advertising, political
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Representatives, U.S. Congress
Senators, U.S. Congress--Oregon
State Government Official
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Birth 1949-05-03

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