Bruce Starr Announces Candidacy for Labor Commissioner

(Hillsboro, Ore.) – State Senator Bruce Starr today announced his candidacy for Oregon Labor Commissioner, with a commitment to focus on ways to use the office to help ignite the Oregon economy and create new jobs for Oregonians.

“Too many of our friends, neighbors and family members have been out of work for too long,” said Starr, “We need leaders who will change the way we regulate business so we can ensure that Oregonians have the most important employment right: a job.”

Starr, first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1998, and the Oregon Senate in 2002, has been a leader on economic issues in Salem, serving as Vice Chairman of the Senate Business and Transportation Committee and serving on the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development.  His experience as a businessman and policy-maker give him a unique insight into the challenges facing small business as they fight to grow and create new jobs.

“Government and small business must together to find ways to be more efficient and streamline the way we do business,” said Starr.  “As Labor Commissioner, I will work with entrepreneurs and labor to both protect employees, and reduce the impact of government regulations on employers’ ability to grow and put Oregonians back to work.”

Bruce is a native of Hillsboro, Oregon and a graduate of Portland State University. After graduating, Bruce started his own construction company focused on residential and commercial roofing and repair. His experience as a small business owner gave him a first-hand look at the challenges of growing a business and creating jobs.  In 2002, Bruce joined the Portland Business Alliance, Portland’s chamber of commerce. He focused on business development with an emphasis on international trade and from there started a new company, Cutting Edge NW, representing companies navigating the complex regulatory and tax codes at the state and federal level.

Starr will be available for an announcement conference call on Friday, December 16th at 11:00 am.  Please contact at 800-916-1770 ext. 8 or [email protected] for call-in details.

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  • Jtz

    Starr is just looking for a high paying job!  The head of BOLI must advocate for the employee so here is Bruce mistaking the abilities of the office he seeks. Don’t be fooled by this guy.

  • The Bill Post Radio Show

    Sen. Starr is a fantastic alternative to the current commissioner who was soundly beaten by a bad Democrat candidate for CD1.  I will be interviewing Sen. Starr today at 12:30 on the show at AM 1430 KYKN or at click on the Listen Live button or at 10:30pm on AM 1360 KUIK or

    • Honest Problem Solver

      Bill, Please help us finally get a republican in a statewide office, here’s how…100,000 JOBS in 2012-13! How?

      Mandatory E-Verify for all companies, private and public.

      BOLI is the ONLY state agency that is exempt from our sanctuary law.
      The US Supreme Court already said YES to AZ doing this.
      E-Verify is free, fast and per DHS, over 97% accurate.
      The Illegal aliens (over 180,000 here per Pew Research of 5 yr.s ago) will leave on their own if they can no longer steal a job away from us here.
      BOLI has the biz lic. of all companies here, in AZ license to operate is yanked after 2nd offense.

      UNemployment goes way down…illegals families no longer stealing our social services, COST of state Gov’t drops big time…TAX revenue jumps big time without any new taxes!

  • HBguy

    So the Senator from AGC is running for labor commissioner? Really?

    Bruce Starr’s “construction business” consisted of him and his older pickup with a ladder doing roofing himself. Nothing at all wrong with that. But it is what it is and don’t try to make it seem like he is some sort of super job creator.

    Here is what Sen. Starr’s career is all about. He worked handyman jobs. He ran for office. He sold his “consulting” services to the paving and concrete companies. He shepharded their bills through the legislature (remember he was the sponsor of the 5 cent/gallon tax increase during a recession a couple of years ago that paid for more highways, asphalt and concrete). Currenlty, it appears he is being bankrolled by some Washington State wealthy contractor who has made him the executive director of some non profit that hasn’t done much of anything in a couple of years.

    This is very clearly a man who had no real career or business in the private industry, obtained some clout locally, then in Salem, and has used that influence anc connections to be the contractor and builders man in Salem. In exchange, he has several sources of income from the contracting industry.

    This man is the epitomy of crony capitalism, as that terms is now being used by the republicans to vilify the unethical partnership between government insiders and favored private industry.

    Here is somthing that is also informing. Did you also notice that he is only running for an office where he doesn’t have to give up his senate seat. He has chosen not to run several times for statewide office in the past when he would have to give up his seat to do so. Why? Because the senate seat is the seed from which all of his enterprises sprout. He loses that, and the value of his “consulting” services drops.

    • guest who

      Say hey Editor, Sir,   Where is the hook button attending HBguys post?  One used to exist…even if it was not taken as pressing on for commoner sense. 
      – praying those who are left of US have not taken over…yet!  Omen. 

      • None

        You don’t like the message, so you want it removed.

        Meanwhile, “JoelinPDX” regularly violates official Oregon Catalyst policy in his comments, but you seem to be fine and dandy with that.

  • Anonymous

    Controversial subject of illegal immigration and the Iowa Debate


    Birthright citizens, and naturalized citizens have the ability to vote to
    change America forever, but we must scrutinize voting registrations for the
    2012 election cycle for a President. Over and over again Democrats with Liberal
    ties have been caught numerous times, using such radical groups such as Acorn
    to steal political races with illegal alien registrations. Voter fraud is here
    to stay, unless the federal government makes it impossible to defraud citizen
    voters of their inherent rights, by demanding the use of a National ID card
    that could be used for many other purposes. The old Social Security number has
    been badly compromised, as we have seen with a yearly tally of hundreds of thousands
    of Americans fighting to save their credit, as its been procured by foreign
    nationals to steal jobs, as well as peoples good credit, then using it for
    nefarious purposes.



    The Department of Justice, Eric Holder has showed his noticeable
    mark by mirroring the NAACP that having to show official picture ID is racist.
    Holder has shown his true colors as a far left progressive, by propelling his judgment
    against the right of sovereign states to identify registered voters with
    government documents like an ID card, and his now relentless pursuit against
    Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah and in probability North
    Carolina for adopting policing laws within their borders against illegal aliens.  I
    his unnecessary impact of suing states, trying to stop illegal aliens squatting
    there and the ‘Gun Walking’ storm.  If
    holder joins the jobless lines, maybe he would have a better understanding of
    Americans looking for work, while company owners are still employing foreigners
    who should not even be here? Soon—these unconcerned businesses will be in the
    spotlight, when ICE raids uncover the scheming in unlawful employment and have
    to face harsh sanctions if caught. Not excluded is the irrational “witch Hunt”
    against steely Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio, that the Obama administration has using
    intimidation along with radical open border organizations.



    In the Iowa nationally televised debate yesterday evening I
    did not see Rep. Michele Bachmann brought into the discussion on illegal
    immigration? Was it by chance I missed it, while digging in the refrigerator
    for Soy milk or was the TEA PARTY chairperson deliberately left out of this
    most controversial issue, that is vastly becoming manifest amongst the tens of
    millions of physical Conservatives? Newt Gingrich had his say relating to the
    20 million illegal migrant and immigrant population already residing here and
    that it was unreasonable to deport foreign nationals who have
    lived in America for 25 years. Gingrich also added that the administration
    should get off the back of States that are being persecuted for their stand
    against illegal immigration; included he said that the fence would be completed
    between US-Mexico by 2014 (Is that the real 2006 Secure Double layer border
    fence) and that Sanctuary Cities (State such as California, Nevada, Colorado
    and New York) would be punished with loss of federal funds.



    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has been
    Gingrich’s main political principal rival partner in recent debates, defended
    the U.S. Immigration and citizenship Services E-Verify program proposing identification
    cards for all “non-resident aliens” working here. Texas Gov. Then
    Rick Perry  who was attacked by verbal
    flak last September for defending in-state university tuition to illegal
    immigrants, who were either smuggled into the US, as the unborn or who were
    brought into the country as children and attend public schools in Texas. Romney
    concluded on this heated subject, “I’ve sent Texas Ranger recon
    teams there. Our law enforcement men and women face fire from across the
    border, or in the U.S. side, from the drug cartels,” Perry said. “It
    is not safe there.”




    Both Gingrich, Romney has forgotten one important factor; that
    these words are the initiative that will draw even more illegal aliens if we
    don’t enforce our laws; finding a way to get to public welfare and entitlement
    America? As I have already mentioned, unless I was absent from the TV set at
    the time, that Michele Bachmann was left out of this part of the commentary. As
    the Major TEA PARTY leader her resume has proven her worth to stifle spending
    in Massachusetts, as well been an arbiter of reducing the $15 Trillion treasury
    deficit and has a commanding vote in opposition to superfluous issues in the House
    of Representatives. She is a strong opponent of the archaic tax code, which
    must be replaced with fair taxation for all; without any exemptions, subsidies
    for the wealth corporations and industries of special interests lobbyists.




    Rep. Dan Boren (D-Ok)
    is the third Democrat cosponsoring Chairman Lamar Smith’s Legal Workforce Act
    (H.R.2885.) Originally Smith required
    100 co-sponsors to pass the bill. The numbers have currently grown, 72, so as a
    result all we need to get this extremely important bill to the House chambers
    is just 28.   The bill would require 100% of businesses to
    begin using E-Verify for all new hires within 2 years and require all federal,
    state, and local governments to check new hires and existing employees within 6
    months. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched Records and Information from
    DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE),
    a new aspect which allows USCIS’s E-Verify plan to approve the validness of
    Mississippi driver’s licenses used by employees as Form I-9 identity documents.
    RIDE mirrors a obligation to continually
    improving E-Verify,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “This
    important enhancement strengthens E-Verity’s anti-fraud capabilities and will introduce
    a key role in helping employers in the United States to maintain a legal


    Make yourself known by contacting Washington at
    202-224-3121, or you can read about this indignation at NumbersUSA website of
    the $113 billion dollars spend yearly on illegal immigration. America does
    welcome—LEGAL IMMIGRANTS—and always have. The 50 states also welcome highly
    skilled workers who are educated in the Sciences, Engineering and technology.
    These Immigrants will never end up in the welfare lines. This country must
    inhibit the poverty from other countries, as we cannot even look after our own
    people who need a leg-up? We just cannot afford to pay anymore for illegal
    broke and our own population must come first.


    The bill is a concrete proposal and has a lot of
    support in the U.S. House, with 80 co-sponsors. It is one of the “five
    great immigration solutions” many politicians are standing for this year. THE
    GENUINE 2006 SECURE FENCE ACT;  double 15
    foot high fence, for fast track lanes in between for the US Border Patrol to use.  However, they need a lot more momentum to
    win. Rep. King’s bill, H.R. 140, that would require Congress to elucidate the
    meaning of the 14th Amendment and thereby ending  the practice of
    automatically granting U.S. citizenship to all U.S.-born children of illegal
    aliens. We don’t need a Constitutional
    amendment. Without an amendment the US taxpayers are the recipients of the law,
    which allows an estimated 340.000 babies to become instant citizens annually
    adding to the growing deficit, to support these children and the Mother. This
    is the most expensive entitlement law attributed to illegal immigration


     Other than Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) Birthright Citizenship Act
    of 2011, that would stop the misinterpreted practice of instant citizenship to
    children of illegal alien parents, the Mandatory E-Verify will end incurable
    business owners from hiring cheap foreign labor, instead of the 22 million
    American workers looking for a ‘Help needed” Sign. Now
    there’s more proof that Americans want to abolish automatic citizenship for the
    children of illegal aliens. .A new Rasmussen poll shows that 65% of likely U.S. voters oppose birthright


    Demand the Keystone
    pipeline between Canada and the oil refineries in Texas, before China gets its
    hands on it. Start reducing our supplies from countries that are not
    specifically friendly to us.


    NO COPYRIGHT! Distribute
    to all taxpaying Americans.

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