Rep. Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) announced today at the Sunriver Rotary Club that he has officially filed for re-election. Rep. Whisnant stated, “I am entering the campaign to represent the citizens of House District 53, I will continue working to improve Oregon’s economy and to address the size of state government.
“My priorities will remain serving my constituents and making State Government transparent and accountable. I have the immediate goal of job creation; the state government should encourage business growth and support workers and employers,” Rep. Whisnant commented. “I have a successful legislative record and have passed important bills based upon my experience, leadership, and positive bipartisan relationships.”
“With the possibility of four or more open Democrat House seats and the legislative success of our new Republican House members; I am optimistic that the Republican Party will gain control of the Oregon House,” Rep. Whisnant added.
In the 2011 Legislative Session, Rep. Whisnant served as the co-chair of the House General Government & Consumer Protection Committee.
Rep. Whisnant was appointed as the Representative in House District 53 in September 2003. He served on the important Joint Ways & Means Committee in 2005 and 2011. Also, he has served on House Education and Judiciary Committees and as vice chairs on both. He has previously served as Republican Caucus whip and deputy whip.
Gene served in command, leadership, staff, and diplomatic duties in Vietnam, Germany, and Yugoslavia during his 27 year career in the USAF. Gene and his wife Josie, a fourth generation Oregonian, live in Sunriver. Their son, Todd; daughter-in-law, Melissa; and grandson, Colby (7) live in New Bern, NC.