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Senate Service
Longest Service (24 years or more):
Mark O. Hatfield
Charles L. McNary
Robert W. Packwood
Wayne L. Morse
 
Oregon Senators Who Served in Leadership Positions
Minority Leader: Charles L. McNary

Majority Leader: Charles L. McNary

Republican Conference Chairmen: Charles L. McNary, Robert W. Packwood

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman: Robert W. Packwood

Standing Committee Chairs Since 1947:

Appropriations: Mark O. Hatfield

Commerce, Science and Transportation: Robert W. Packwood

Finance: Robert W. Packwood, Ron Wyden

Interior and Insular Affairs: Guy Cordon

Oregon Citizens Honored in the Capitol's Art Collection
Statuary: Reverend Jason Lee by Gifford MacG. Proctor (Statuary Hall); Dr. John McLoughlin by Gifford Proctor (House connecting corridor); Edward D. Baker by Horatio Stone (Rotunda).

Portraits: Charles L. McNary by Henrique Medina (Senate wing, second floor, main corridor).

 
Unusual Facts
Oregon's first senatorial couple, Maurine D. and Richard L. Neuberger, married in 1945. Mrs. Neuberger served in the state house of representatives at the same time that her husband served in the state senate. She was elected to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by his death.

In January 1953, having left the Republican party the previous year, Oregon Senator Wayne L. Morse carried a folding chair into the Senate chamber, dramatically declaring his independence by sitting in the aisle which divided the two major parties. Since this arrangement would have posed logistical problems, the Senate permitted Morse to sit at his old desk on the Republican side of the aisle. By leaving the Republican party, however, Morse lost his seniority and was unable to receive comparable committee assignments. In 1955, Morse joined the Democratic party.

 
 
  

Statuary Hall

The National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol has statues donated by individual states.  Learn more about your state's statues.

Architect's Statuary Hall Web page


Related Links

The Library of Congress maintains a State and Local Government Resource Page.

State election results must be certified by the State's Secretary.  The National Association of Secretaries of State maintains a list of their websites.