Tobias Read

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Tobias Read
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29th Treasurer of Oregon
Assumed office
January 3, 2017

In 2015, in an effort led by Read and organizations such as SEIU and AARP, the Oregon Legislature enacted legislation which created the Oregon Retirement Savings Board and tasked it with establishing a state-run retirement savings program and managing its oversight. The retirement program created was called OregonSaves. [13] In 2018, Finance industry publication Pensions & Investments and the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) honored Read and OregonSaves with the Excellence & Innovation Award. The award recognizes public and private-sector efforts to enhance retirement security. [14] In 2019 Read was invited to speak to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on the states innovative approach to retirement savings. [15]

Sale of Elliott State Forest

In 2017, Read voted to sell 82,500 acres of the Elliott State Forest to a Roseburg-based timber company for $221 million. Revenues from the sale would have been added to the state's education fund. [16] Following pushback from environmentalist and other Oregon Democrats, Read withdrew his support for the proposal. [17] [18]

Oregon College Savings Plan

As Treasurer, Read oversees the Oregon College Savings Program (OCSP), which helps Oregonians save for education after high school. [19]

Read worked with the Oregon State Legislature to pass the Education Savings Credit which changes the tax advantage from a deduction to a refundable credit. [20] Begun in 2020, the Education Savings Credit makes it easier for low-to-moderate income families save for education after high school. Read worked with a diverse group of organizations including the Latina Network, Stand for Children, and the Oregon Student Association [21] and legislators [22] to pass the Education Savings Credit.

2022 Oregon gubernatorial run

On September 27, 2021, Read officially announced that he was running for governor, but lost in the Democratic primary to Tina Kotek. [23]

2024 Oregon Secretary of State run

Read announced his intention to run for Secretary of State in July 2023 and officially launched his campaign on September 13. [24] He faces state senator James Manning in the Democratic primary. [24]

General elections

Oregon House of Representatives

2006 Oregon State Representative, 27th district [25]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Tobias Read 14,325 59.5
Republican Domonic Biggi9,70640.3
Write-in 430.2
Total votes24,074 100%
2008 Oregon State Representative, 27th district [26]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Tobias Read 19,420 70.2
Republican Michael F DeVietro8,13929.4
Write-in 860.3
Total votes27,645 100%
2010 Oregon State Representative, 27th district [27]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Tobias Read 15,398 62.2
Republican Dan Lucas9,32837.7
Write-in 340.1
Total votes24,760 100%
2012 Oregon State Representative, 27th district [28]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Tobias Read 19,180 67.9
Republican Burton Keeble9,00531.9
Write-in 810.3
Total votes28,266 100%
2014 Oregon State Representative, 27th district [29]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Tobias Read 17,621 80.8
Libertarian Robert D Martin3,96718.2
Write-in 2111.0
Total votes21,799 100%

Oregon State Treasurer

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2016 results by county
2020 results by county Oregon Treasurer Election Results by County, 2020.svg
2020 results by county
Oregon State Treasurer election, November 8, 2016 [30]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Tobias Read 828,354 44.11%
Republican Jeff Gudman776,51341.35%
Independent Chris Telfer 176,8929.42%
Progressive Chris Henry92,6634.93%
Write-ins 3,4970.19%
Total votes1,877,919 100%
2020 Oregon State Treasurer election [31]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic Tobias Read (incumbent) 1,166,703 51.68% +7.57%
Republican Jeff Gudman936,91641.50%+0.15%
Independent Chris Henry99,8704.43%-4.99%
Constitution Michael Marsh51,8942.30%N/A
Write-in 2,0720.09%-0.10%
Total votes2,257,455 100.0%
Democratic hold

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Oregon House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 27th district

2007–2017
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Treasurer of Oregon
2017–present
Incumbent