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Summer Recess: Kurt Schrader

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Representative Kurt Schrader is serving his second term in the U.S. Congress. Before going to Washington, Schrader spent seven years in the Oregon House of Representatives followed by five years as a state senator. He’s also been a farmer and a veterinarian. Schrader won a close race against Republican State Rep. Scott Bruun to hang on to the 5th Congressional district in 2010.

Schrader is a member of the Congressional “Blue Dog” coalition, a group of self-identified moderate Democrats who advocate for fiscally conservative policies. While he voted against Senate Majority Leader Harry Ried’s initial plan to raise the debt ceiling, he voted for the final deal in the House on Aug 1. He broke with his party on two other significant votes earlier this year, which could help him in the 2012 election. New redistricting lines drawn this year may make Schrader’s district lean more to the right and he’s likely to face another challenging reelection campaign if this early attack ad is any indication.

Locally, Schrader has focused his most recent efforts on the Oregon coast. He fought an amendment that would have blocked the relocation of the NOAA fleet to Newport. He also joined with other members of the Oregon Congressional delegation to exempt the state from a bill that would make offshore drilling more accessible.

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