Jeff Merkley

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Date of Birth October 24, 1956
Place of Birth Oregon
Age 64 years old
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Jeff Merkley

Jeffrey Alan Merkley is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Oregon since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to his election to the Senate, Merkley was a five-term member of the Oregon House of Representatives representing the state's 47th district, in central Multnomah County at the eastern side of Portland. From 2007 to 2009 he was Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives. Merkley defeated two-term Republican incumbent Gordon Smith in 2008 and was reelected in 2014, defeating Republican nominee Monica Wehby. He has been a leading progressive voice in the Senate and was the only U.S. Senator to endorse Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries. He was considered a potential candidate for president in 2020, but chose to run for reelection to the Senate instead.

Born: Jeffrey Alan Merkley, October 24, 1956, Myrtle Creek, Oregon, U.S.
Political party: Democratic
Children: 2
Education: Stanford University (BA), Princeton University (MPA)
Preceded by: Gordon Smith
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About Jeff Merkley

Politician and member of the Democratic party who became a U.S. Senator from Oregon in 2009 after serving five terms in the Oregon Legislative Assembly.

Before Fame

In 1982, he earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He then began working at the Office of the Secretary of Defense on the security of American military technology.


He championed legislation in the Senate that provided new mothers with a private space and flexible break times to pump breast milk once they returned to work.

Family Life

He had two children with his wife Mary.


He and Rand Paul co-sponsored an amendment that required the President to deliver a timeline for an accelerated transition of all military and security operations to the Government of Afghanistan to Congress.

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