At a Glance
- Career History: Oregon Senator (1994-1996); Member, Oregon House of Representatives (1988-1994), Oregon House Majority Leader (1991-1993); Press Secretary, Chief of Staff to former Rep. Dennis Smith (1981-1987)
- Birthday: January 10, 1957
- Hometown: The Dalles, Ore.
- Alma Mater: University of Oregon, B.S. 1981
- Spouse: Mylene
- Religion: Episcopalian
- Committees: Energy and Commerce (Chair, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet)
- DC Office: 2182 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, Phone: 202-225-6730
- District Office: 843 East Main Street, Ste 400, Medford, OR 97504 Phone: 541-776-4646; 1051 NW Bond St., Suite 400 Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-389-4408; 1211 Washington Ave, La Grande, OR 97850, Phone: 541-624-2400
Path To Power
Greg Walden was born on Jan. 10, 1957, in The Dalles, Ore. The son of a state representative, he grew up on a cherry orchard in the Columbia Gorge area and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1981.
Walden started filling in on-air at his family's radio station when he was 15 and continued to work in radio throughout his career. He and his wife later bought a total of five radio stations, which they ran themselves before selling them a few years ago.
Walden has focused his legislative agenda on issues important to his Oregon constituents such as logging, forestry, health care and spending. The GOP transition pointman voted along party lines 91 percent of the time during the 111th Congress.
Walden typically votes with the GOP on economics, but leans moderate on social issues. He's opposed to stimulus spending and advocates lower taxes. And while he's against abortion rights, Walden favors embryonic stem-cell research. He's also voted for hate crime prevention and anti-discrimination legislation.
As the GOP transition chair in the 112th Congress, Walden works closely with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Walden also has ties to now Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who named him a deputy whip.
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Walden work closely together as chair and deputy chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee. The men's sons were friends as children; Walden even sent his son to Dallas to spend a week with Sessions's son when they were young.