Gov. Kulongoski to speak at City Club of Portland Oct. 28

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At its weekly Friday Forum luncheon on Oct. 28, City Club of Portland welcomes Gov. Ted Kulongoski for a presentation he’s titled “Growing Oregon’s Economic Pie by Investing in Education.”

At its weekly Friday Forum luncheon on Oct. 28, City Club of Portland welcomes Gov. Ted Kulongoski for a presentation he’s titled “Growing Oregon’s Economic Pie by Investing in Education.”

“Oregon’s future depends on the investments we make in education today -- because economic opportunity begins with educational opportunity,” said Gov. Ted Kulongoski earlier this year. “We need to talk about raising the bar so our students have the skills they need to compete in a global economy -- an economy driven by innovation and technology -- and an economy that values community. “On Friday, Oct. 28, Gov. Kulongoski will talk more about about the relationship between education and a strong economy, family-wage jobs and Oregon's quality of life. The Governor will outline his roadmap for growing the economy in Oregon, which calls for a seamless "education enterprise" that supports enhanced learning and job-training from pre-school through graduate school so that all Oregonians have the opportunity to compete and succeed in a global economy.

City Club’s Friday Forum, which is open to the public, will be held in the Governor Hotel (614 SW 11th Ave.). Doors open EARLY at 11:15 a.m. Program begins at 12:15 p.m. and concludes at 1:15 p.m. Reservations are open to City Club members only until Oct. 21, when tickets are available for purchase by the general public. Luncheon reservations may be made online at or by calling 503-228-7231, ext. 102, by 2 p.m. Wed., Oct. 26 (members only may call 503-241-9242). Luncheon tickets are $20 ($16 for members of City Club). Coffee/tea table tickets are $5 at the door. General seating, available at the door, is $5 (free for members of City Club).

A Note to Media

Media are encouraged to attend and are invited to sit in general seating. Please sign in at the registration table on the day of the forum. For broadcast media, an audio press patch will be available, and a riser for videotaping can be provided with advance notice. Contact Tim Krause at or 503-228-7231, ext. 102.

About Governor Ted Kulongoski

Governor Theodore (Ted) R. Kulongoski was born in rural Missouri on November 5, 1940, and grew up in St. Louis in a Catholic boys’ home. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. When he returned from duty in Southeast Asia, he spent a few years as a truck driver and a bricklayer in a steel mill in Alton, Illinois. Those experiences, and the availability of the GI Bill, gave Kulongoski the impetus and the financial ability to pursue higher education. Governor Kulongoski put himself through the University of Missouri, where he earned both his undergraduate and law degrees.

Governor Kulongoski obtained a job as a judicial clerk in Eugene and then established his own law firm there. The firm earned a reputation as Oregon’s largest labor-law firm, representing labor organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest. The law firm served as general counsel to the Oregon AFL-CIO, the Teamsters’ Union, and numerous other labor organizations in the public and the private sectors. During one Oregon Legislative session, Kulongoski took time away from his law practice to author the Oregon Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act. Kulongoski was selected as one of the top 71 Oregon lawyers in the 1987 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

While he was practicing law, Kulongoski also served in the Oregon House of Representatives (1975-1978) and the Oregon State Senate (1978-1983). He was appointed Oregon Insurance Commissioner in 1987 and served until 1991. As Insurance Commissioner, Kulongoski led the reform of the Oregon Workers’ Compensation system, which is recognized nationally as a model for reducing costs to employers and raising benefits for workers. In 1992, Kulongoski was elected Oregon Attorney General, where he reformed the Oregon Juvenile Justice system, which now provides certainty and accountability for juvenile offenders. In 1997, he was elected to the Oregon Supreme Court as associate justice and served until mid-2001. He was inaugurated as Oregon Governor in January 2003 and is serving his first term.

Kulongoski is the only governor in Oregon’s history to serve in all three branches of government at the state level: legislator, supreme court justice and governor.

Governor Kulongoski and his wife, Mary Oberst, have three grown children. They enjoy backpacking and hiking. Kulongoski is an avid fly-fisherman, and throws a fly in any puddle or stream of water in Oregon.

Media Contact:

Tim Krause, Communications Coordinator

City Club of Portland

901 SW Washington St.

Portland, OR 97205

503-228-7231, ext. 102 voice

503-228-8840 fax

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