Ben Unger

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Ben Unger
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 29th[1] district
In office
January 14, 2013 – January 12, 2015
Preceded by Katerina Brewer
Succeeded by Susan McLain
Personal details
Born (1976-03-04) March 4, 1976 (age 42)
Cornelius, Oregon
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Cornelius, Oregon
Alma mater University of Oregon

Benjamin 'Ben' Unger[2] (born March 4, 1976 in Cornelius, Oregon) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives representing District 29 from 2013 to 2015. He stands at over 6'7".

Early life[edit]

Unger was born on March 4, 1976, in Cornelius, Oregon, and was raised on a farm south of the city.[3] After graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1994,[4][5] Unger earned his BA in English from the University of Oregon.[3]

Political career[edit]

In 2012, Unger won the Democratic Primary with 65.2% of the vote against Katie Riley.[6] He won the November 6 General election with 11,312 votes (53.5%) against Republican nominee Katie Eyre.[7] Unger was endorsed by a local newspaper, the Forest Grove News Times, and many other groups such as the Oregon Council of Police Associations, the Oregon State Council of Retired Citizens, and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.[8] During his run against Eyre, he was portrayed as a carpetbagger for moving back to the district from Portland to run for the seat.[9] The Forest Grove News Times ran an article pointing out inaccuracies in those attacks, and referenced them as one of the reasons they chose to endorse Unger.[10][11] Unger, who grew up on his families' Century Farm, emphasized supporting local schools in his campaign.[12][13] In 2014, he announced he would not run for re-election, and in June 2014 became the executive director of Our Oregon.[14] Unger was succeeded by former Metro councilor Susan McLain, also a Democrat.[15]


  1. ^ "Representative Ben Unger". Salem, Oregon: Oregon Legislative Assembly. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ben Unger's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Ben Unger's Biography". Candidates. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Voter Guide: State Representative -- 29th District". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hilhi Students Meet Oregon House Representative Ben Unger". The Oregonian. December 5, 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "May 15, 2012, Primary Election Abstracts of Votes" (PDF). Salem, Oregon: Oregon Secretary of State. p. 13. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "November 6, 2012, General Election Abstract of Votes" (PDF). Salem, Oregon: Oregon Secretary of State. p. 16. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  9. ^ Jaquiss, Nigel (October 24, 2012). "Hot House". Willamette Week. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
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  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
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  14. ^ Mapes, Jeff (June 20, 2014). "Hillsboro Rep. Ben Unger takes the reins of Our Oregon, one of state's key liberal groups". The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "SLIDES: Oregon's 7 New Political Power Players". GoLocalPDX. November 10, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 

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