Val Hoyle was born at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California on February 14th, 1964 and grew up in a proud union household in New England. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Studies from Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Hoyle worked in the outdoor industry for 25 years, specializing in domestic and international sales. She moved to Eugene, Oregon with her husband Stephen and two young children in 1999, based on the quality of life and reputation of the 4J school district. She served as a member and chairperson of the Oregon District Export Council from 2003–2010 and got involved in local politics to support public education, eventually serving as the Oregon State Representative for West Eugene and Junction City.
In 2012, Hoyle was elected by her legislative colleagues as House Majority Leader and served in that role through the 2015 legislative session. Following her service in the capitol, she worked with the University of Oregon Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.
In May of 2018, Hoyle was elected to be the 10th Oregon Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries. She lives outside of Springfield with her husband Stephen and their two dogs.
Commissioner of Labor and Industries' Duties
State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 1045, Portland 97232; 971-673-0761
Val Hoyle, Springfield; nonpartisan; elected May 2018; term expires January 2023.
Chief executive of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, the commissioner also chairs the State Apprenticeship and Training Council. The term of the commissioner is four years.
The Oregon Legislature founded the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) in 1903, with the mission to protect employment rights, advance employment opportunities and protect access to housing and public accommodations that are free from unlawful discrimination.
The commissioner enforces state laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation and vocational, professional and trade schools. The commissioner has the authority to initiate a “commissioner’s complaint” on behalf of victims of discrimination.
Through the Wage and Hour Division, the commissioner administers state laws relating to wages, hours of employment, basic working conditions, child labor and prevailing wage rates, and licenses certain labor contractors to protect the workers they employ. The division oversees the Wage Security Fund that covers workers for unpaid wages in certain business closures and enforces group health insurance termination notification provisions.
The commissioner also directs the state’s registered apprenticeship training system that gives workers the opportunity to learn a job skill while earning a living. The program benefits employers by providing a pool of skilled workers to meet business and industry demands.
The agency works to support and train employers so that they can more easily comply with frequently complex state and federal employment law. The Administrative Prosecution Unit prosecutes the agency’s contested wage and hour and civil rights complaints. The commissioner issues final orders in all contested cases, except commissioner’s complaints.
BOLI employs nearly 100 professionals and is headquartered in Portland. Regional offices are located in Eugene and Salem.