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Chuck Riley Papers

Identifier: MS-109

Scope and Contents

The Chuck Riley Papers include documents related to his service as a legislator in Washington County, Oregon, from 2001-2017. The collection includes scrapbooks compiled by his wife, Katie Riley, documenting his political career from 2002-2009; promotional material from his campaigns; correspondence with constituents; drafts and notes related to legislation; documents from committees including the Legislative Commission on Indian Services and the Committee on Government Accountability and Information Technology; and other material. More items are expected to be added to this collection over time.


  • 2001-2017


Access Conditions

The donors have stated that they do not know of any privacy concerns within the collection and gave a verbal approval of potential digitization projects in the future.

Conditions Governing Use

Pacific University owns the copyright to some, but not all, of the materials housed in its archives. Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of Pacific University is retained by Pacific University and requires its permission for publication. Copyright status for other collection materials varies. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical Note

Chuck Riley is a Democratic legislator who has represented Washington County, Oregon from the 2000s-2010s. He has served as the Representative for District 19 and as the State Senator for District 15. He has championed causes including government transparency, stabilizing funding for education, and improving sick time rules for workers.

Riley was born in Illinois in 1939. He attended classes at University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, and the Army Language School while serving in the United States Air Force. Riley worked for the Jet Propulsion Lab, First Interstate Bank, Blue Cross of Oregon, and ran his own computer consulting business. His wife, Kathleen ("Katie") Riley, was a professor at Oregon Health and Sciences University and was also involved in politics. Chuck's political career began in 2000 with a run for Hillsboro City Council. He ran against and lost to incumbent Karen McKinney. In 2001 Riley ran for the District 29 seat in the Oregon House of Representatives, narrowly losing to Mary Gallegos. In 2004 he ran against and defeated Gallegos. In 2006, Riley ran against and defeated challenger Republican Terry Rilling. In 2010, he decided to try for election to the Oregon State Senate. He won the Democratic primary, but lost in the general election to the incumbent, Bruce Starr. After a few years away from the legislature, he ran again against Starr in 2014 and won the election to represent Oregon's Senate District 15.

During his time in the House, Riley chaired the Government Accountability and Information Technology Committee and was also a member of the Consumer Protection, Legislative Commission on Indian Services, and the Workforce and Economic Development committees. In the State Senate, he chaired the General Government and Accountability and the Joint Legislative Information Management and Technology committees. He also served on the Business and Transportation, Finance and Revenue, Joint Audits and Joint Tax Credits committees.


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Political papers of Chuck Riley, a Democratic legislator representing Washington County, Oregon's District 29 in the Oregon State House of Representatives from 2005-2011 and as the Senator for District 15 beginning in 2014.


Additional accruals are expected.


Guide to the Chuck Riley Papers
Eva Guggemos / Kevin Wrynn
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Finding aid written in English.
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Revised, 2018

Repository Details

Part of the Pacific University Archives Repository

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Forest Grove OR 97116 United States