Members of the Oregon Senate

President of the Senate

Peter Courtney in shirt and tie.
Peter Courtney
Peter Courtney (Democrat, District 11) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 18, 1943. He graduated with bachelor and master degrees from the University of Rhode Island and received a law degree from Boston University. Courtney was first elected to the Salem City Council in 1974, where he served until 1981. He began serving in the House of Representatives in 1981 and was first elected to the Senate in 1998. He is serving a record seventh term as president of the Oregon Senate.

Courtney is retired from Western Oregon University, where he was an adjunct professor and served as assistant to University President Mark D. Wiess. He has served on the boards of Salem Mass Transit, the United Way, and YMCA, and he has coached for the Boys and Girls Club.

Courtney has worked as a political commentator for The 10 O’Clock News at KPTV, Channel 12, Portland, and at KSLM Radio, Salem. He married his wife Margie in 1976. They have three sons, Peter, Sean and Adam, two daughters-in-law and one grandson.

Members of the Senate