Tom Marsh (Oregon politician)

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Tom Marsh
Tom Marsh talking with Nancy Ryles, his successor in the Oregon House, in 1979
Member of the OregonHouseofRepresentatives
from the 5th district
In office
Preceded byLewis Hampton
Succeeded by Nancy Ryles
Constituency Washington County
Personal details
Born (1939-12-07) December 7, 1939 (age 78)
Lafayette, Indiana [1]
Political party Democratic
Occupation teacher

Tom Marsh (born December 7, 1939) [1] is a former member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing portions of Washington County, Oregon, United States. He served two terms, from January 1975 through 1978, in the 58th Oregon Legislative Assembly and the 59th.

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Washington County, Oregon County in the United States

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The 58th Legislative Assembly of the U.S. state of Oregon convened in January 1975 for its regular session, and for a one-day special session in September 1975. The Senate and House were both controlled by the Democratic Party.

Marsh graduated from the University of Oregon, [2] earning bachelor's and master's degrees in history and English. [3]

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A Democrat, he was first elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1974. [4] Prior to that, he had been president of the Beaverton Education Association. [5] He also was a teacher of history and government at Sunset High School, north of Beaverton. [5] He continued teaching when the Legislature was not in session. [6] In 1975, Governor Robert W. Straub appointed Marsh to a two-year term on the Governor's Committee on Aging. [7]

Democratic Party of Oregon

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Sunset High School (Beaverton, Oregon)

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Tom Marsh was reelected to the House in 1976, but in 1978 decided not to run for a third term. [8] He was succeeded by Nancy Ryles. [9]

Nancy Ryles American politician

Nancy Ann Ryles was an Oregon politician. She served in the Oregon House of Representatives, the Oregon Senate and as one of three members of the state's Public Utility Commission. She was known as an advocate for education and for equality for women and minorities. An elementary school in Beaverton is named after her.

The House district represented by Marsh was numbered District 5 at the time (and since 1971), and remained so under Ryles, but became District 7 [9] in 1982, as a result of a reapportionment plan passed by the Oregon Legislature in 1981, based on data from the 1980 U.S. Census.

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Marsh later served on the Washington County Council on Aging. [10]

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  1. 1 2 "Marsh, Tom, 1939-". Library of Congress Name Authority File. Library of Congress. December 27, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  2. "The Authors of the OE". The Oregon Encyclopedia . Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  3. "Two Sunset teachers honored for work". The Oregonian (West Metro edition), June 10, 1985, p. B5.
  4. "Engdahl, Todd (November 7, 1974). "In Oregon Legislature: Democrats beat 10 GOP incumbents". The Oregonian, p. A37.
  5. 1 2 "Washington County" (editorial about upcoming legislative races). The Oregonian , October 27, 1974, p. D2.
  6. "Oregon primaries—Wash. County races" (editorial). The Oregonian, May 15, 1976, p. A24.
  7. "Straub appoints 19 to aging panel". The Oregonian, September 30, 1975, p. C8.
  8. "Summary of Legislative races for Washington County districts". The Oregonian , May 16, 1978, p. B9.
  9. 1 2 "District 7 GOP stronghold". The Oregonian, October 9, 1984, p. MW10.
  10. Bodine, Harry (June 15, 1982). "Senior citizens fight for budget: Prefer current status". The Oregonian, p. MW2.