President of the Senate
Peter Courtney (Democrat, District 11) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 18, 1943. He graduated with bachelor’s and master’s 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 1980. He began his legislative career in 1981 after his election to the House of Representatives and was first elected to the Senate in 1998. He has served as Senate President since 2003, when the Senate was evenly split. Since then, he has been elected as the Senate President for a record number of terms. Courtney is the longest serving Legislator in Oregon’s history.
Courtney is retired from Western Oregon University, where he taught as an adjunct professor. He has worked as a political commentator for The 10 O’clock News at KPTV Channel 12, Portland, and at KSLM Radio, Salem.
Courtney has served on the boards of Salem Area Mass Transit, Salem United Way, and Salem YMCA. He married his wife Margie in 1976. They have three sons, Peter, Sean, and Adam, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.
Members of the Senate