Senator Thomsen quickly proved he could identify solutions, build consensus, and get results. His knack for building relationships enables him to be a leader in the Senate no matter which party is in charge.
— Former Senator Ted Ferrioli

Of all of Senator Chuck Thomsen’s accomplishments, the most important is that he has delivered on everything he originally campaigned for. His consistency in fiscal and policy decision-making has been a breath of fresh air.

Chuck has always had two major goals: Balance Oregon’s budget without raising taxes, and promote economic growth through a better job economy. His voting record in the Senate reflects that.

Enhancing K-12 and Higher Ed funding is Sen. Thomsen's #1 budget priority, and he now sits on the right committees to add more fuel to that effort. Current Salem "standard procedure" is to wait until the final weeks of session to pass the K-12 budget, which obviously strips away its potential funding levels over the months leading up to it. Chuck believes in funding schools early and robustly to avoid repeating that endless game parents and teachers are all too familiar with.

“Senator Thomsen fought to maintain the integrity of Measure 98, and is committed to ensuring full funding for this vital investment in career and technical education (CTE), dropout prevention and college readiness. We support Senator Thomsen, and look forward to his partnership in ensuring every single student in Oregon can graduate high school on time, and prepared for college, a career, or both.” 

--Toya Fick, Executive Director, Stand for Children Oregon

The Following are a few bills sponsored by Senator Thomsen:

  • HB 4068: Gave Oregon Food Bank more options to put food on tables using "recatch" from fishers

  • HB 1591: Saved the Government Camp Rest Area, improved quality of 16 others

  • SB 960: Promotes economic growth by freeing up agri-tourism.

  • SB 301: Reduced tax burden on small and family-owned businesses

  • SB 219: Targets unnecessary "feasibility studies" that cities and counties are forced to pay

  • SB 213: Reduces consumer cost of gasoline

  • SB 212: Reforms long-outdated and unfair DEQ emissions check, similar to WA

  • SB 220: Streamlines job-creating infrastructure development process

  • SB 276: Adds transparency to Rest Area Bill, putting Travel Information Council under yearly review

  • SB 430: Creates deduction for charitable farmers, fights hunger

  • SB 331: Improves money distribution to parks

  • HB 2352: A fun bill, partnering the aptly-named town of Boring with Dull, Ireland

  • SCR 14: Resolution to memorialize oppressed Japanese-American US citizens during WWII which drastically impacted Hood River County, and honors Minoru Yasui

  • SB 677: Freed restrictions so new local cider makers can operate

  • SB 1: Eases housing market and improves labor camp conditions

  • SB 1034: Creates tax credit for student debt interest payments

  • HB 2750: Port agreement essential towards enhancement of Hood River-White Salmon Bridge

  • (2018 Package): Secured $500,000 for Cascade Locks economic development project

  • HB 4044: Directs educational study to address student achievement gap