Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts grew up in Eugene, where he graduated from Sheldon High School, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and the University of Oregon Law School, then acquired an LL.M in Taxation from the New York University of Law School. After ten years as an attorney in private practice, Jack was first appointed and then twice elected to the Lane County Board of Commissioners. In 1994, he was elected state labor commissioner, an office to which he was reelected in 1998. He finished second in the 2002 Republican Primary for Governor, behind Kevin Mannix and ahead of Ron Saxton. Since 2003, Jack has been the executive director for Lane Metro Partnership, a nonprofit economic development agency for Eugene, Springfield and Lane County. The focus of this organization is on fostering business investment through recruitment, retention and expansion of traded sector businesses. Jack and his wife, Tammy, still live in Eugene with their three sons, John, Joe and Jake.

Honoring Hatfield

Honoring Hatfield

Originally published in The Oregonian, June 13, 2013 – It’s time to send Mark Hatfield back to Washington – As the 2013 legislative session draws to a close, many bills face an ignominious demise — not by being voted down on the floor of either chamber, but by languishing in committee when the final gavel […]

Let’s Make a Deal

Let’s Make a Deal

Originally published in The Oregonian, May 30, 2013 – Will a budget deal mean PERS reform and higher taxes? – Whether on the federal debt limit or our own state budget, it seems the grand bargain many seek is a lot like Sasquatch: Many people still believe in it despite the lack of tangible evidence […]

Why Not a Single Term?

Why Not a Single Term?

Originally published in The Oregonian, May 16, 2013 – Is it time we limited presidents to one six-year term? — It’s been a rough week for the Obama administration. It started with new allegations by whistle-blowers at the State Department that top officials failed to respond in an honest and timely manner to the terrorist […]

Oregon Legislature Needs Some Leadership

Oregon Legislature Needs Some Leadership

Originally published in The Oregonian, May 2, 2013 – Oregon needs a transactional politician to solve PERS and taxes — “I’m not a transactional politician,” Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek told reporters April 22, even as she was predicting victory for both the Democrats’ PERS reform bill and their tax increase on high-income earners. Two […]

A Culture of Gun Ownership

A Culture of Gun Ownership

Originally published in The Oregonian, April 18, 2013 – With suspicion all around, it’s a frustrating war over gun control – The fight over gun control, across the country and here in Oregon, is both heart-rending and frustrating. The personal tragedies that cause family and friends of victims to rally for tougher gun laws are […]

DOMA in the Courts

DOMA in the Courts

Originally published in The Oregonian, April 4, 2003 – Has the Defense of Marriage Act Worked? Last week’s argument before the U.S. Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was another reminder of how dramatically public opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage has changed in less than two decades. […]

More Is Not Better

More Is Not Better

Originally published in The Oregonian, March 21, 2013 – Driving bills distract Legislature from the big issues — Nearly two months into the legislative session, the struggle to get government out of our bedrooms and into our cars continues apace. The 2009 ban on using cellphones while driving, having failed to eliminate the practice (the […]

Come But Don’t Learn?

Come But Don’t Learn?

Originally published in The Oregonian, March 7, 2013 – Needing to catch up on immigration reform – Once upon a time, Oregonians expected to be leaders. The beach bill, the bottle bill, the aerosol spray ban, the initiative and referendum, even the gas tax — all were Oregon innovations. But now that we are about […]

New Hope for the GOP?

New Hope for the GOP?

Two weeks ago, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana made news by telling the Republican National Committee it was time for the GOP to “stop being the stupid party.” He urged Republicans to “stop insulting the intelligence of voters” and pointed out that “we had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive […]

The Partisan and the Problem Solver

The Partisan and the Problem Solver

Originally published in The Oregonian, January 24, 2013 — Barack Obama and John Kitzhaber present different visions – President Barack Obama’s inaugural address on Monday managed to rouse Democrats and Republicans alike, the former to grab their hymnals, the latter their pitchforks. As a Republican, what concerned me wasn’t so much what the president said […]

A Football Entrepreneur

A Football Entrepreneur

Originally published in The Oregonian, January 10, 2013 – Is Chip Kelley Oregon’s latest successful entrepreneur? A collective sigh of relief was heard throughout Duckdom on Sunday night when word spread that University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly wouldn’t be leaving for the NFL after all. As someone who grew up in Eugene and […]

The Fiscal Cliff

The Fiscal Cliff

Originally published in The Oregonian, December 27, 2012 – Political parties are playing dangerous game with fiscal cliff – With the end of the year fast approaching and the so-called fiscal cliff apparently at hand, I’m reminded of the scene in the classic 1955 film “Rebel Without a Cause” in which James Dean agrees to […]

A Good Idea

A Good Idea

Originally published in The Oregonian, December 13, 2012 – Nike gives Oregon an early Christmas present — Christmas came early for the state of Oregon this year with news that Nike is planning a major expansion in jobs and investment right here in its home state. Before diving into any of the details, we should […]

The 13th Hour Nears

The 13th Hour Nears

Originally published in The Oregonian, November 29, 2012 – Both state and federal leaders have ‘fiscal cliffs’ to manage – Now that the elections are behind us, the attention of the winners must turn to the job at hand — nationally and in Oregon. Curiously enough, the challenges facing the country and the state are […]

What Happened to Hope and Change?

What Happened to Hope and Change?

Originally published in The Oregonian, November 1, 2012 Four years later, attack ads replace Democrat’s hope and change What a difference four years has made. In 2008, Democrats were embracing the future with optimistic slogans like “Yes we can!” In 2012, their cupboard of hope and change appears empty and the only thing they have […]

Misrepresenting Romney Tax Plan

Misrepresenting Romney Tax Plan

Originally published in The Oregonian, October 18, 2012 — Mitt Romney’s tax plan exposes flows in our public debate – Anyone wishing to understand the depths to which our political discourse has fallen would do well to start with the debate over Mitt Romney’s tax plan. There is nothing particularly original about Romney’s tax reform […]

Labor vs. Environmentalists: Democrats Split Over Coal

Labor vs. Environmentalists: Democrats Split Over Coal

Originally published in The Oregonian, October 4, 2012 — Sometimes issues arise that expose the fractures within existing partisan alignments. One such issue is the proposed transport of coal by rail and barge to Oregon ports for export to China. My point is not to debate the issue here, although I am one of those […]

Kate’s Special Friends

Kate’s Special Friends

Originally published in The Oregonian, September 20, 2012 – Are Kate Brown’s supporters ‘special interests’ or ‘just special’? — Four years ago when Senate Majority Leader Kate Brown was in a contested primary for secretary of state, she and the other Democratic candidates appeared together before the Multnomah County Democrats. While most of what the […]

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