By Bruce Starr for Senate, Press Release
Former State Senator Bruce Starr Files for Oregon Senate District 12
Starr, a conservative Republican, will run as incumbent Boquist’s future remains uncertain
Dundee, OR— Bruce Starr, a current city councilor and former State Senator, filed and announced today that he is running again to serve in the Oregon Senate. Starr, a conservative Republican, served in the State House and Senate from 1999 to 2014.
Starr and his wife, Rebecca, currently reside in Dundee. Since leaving the legislature, Starr co-founded a Christian preschool company which partners with local churches in several states offering quality private-education. Starr also continues to farm his family’s nearly-60-year-old Hillsboro farm and run Bulldog Fence Company which he founded in 2018. He and Rebecca have a strong Christian faith and attend Living Hope Fellowship.
“I feel an immense call right now to step up and serve my community,” said Starr. “These last 10 years in the private sector, both as a contractor and founder of a Christian preschool, has really sharpened my perspective and given me greater strength.”
Sen. Bruce Starr was known in the legislature as a transportation expert. One of his key accomplishments was securing funding and groundbreaking for the Newberg-Dundee Bypass.
“Senator Starr was key in helping us get the Newberg bypass approved. His knowledge and persistence were critical,” said Sen. Larry George, who served with Starr and will be supporting him.
Starr is waiting to hear the outcome of incumbent Sen. Brian Boquist’s ability to run for reelection. Boquist, who Starr once served with, is one of the senators who helped deny quorum as Democrats pushed the most extreme abortion and transgender agenda in the United States.
“I 100% support Sen. Boquist and have utmost respect for him. The decision by the Republican senators using tools available to them to best-represent voters was correct,” said Starr. “I will continue serving Senate District 12 with effective, conservative leadership much like Senator Boquist’s nearly-two-decades example.”
Bill Rosacker, Mayor of Newberg, said: “Bruce’s past accomplishments securing road infrastructure speak for themselves. Having him in the Senate fighting for our community’s needs will be quite an asset for us.”
“Starr’s record on protecting victims is stellar, from championing Jessica’s Law to never wavering on support for Measure 11, I look forward to working with him again in the Oregon Senate,” said Steve Doell, who is the President of Oregon Crime Victims United.
Dave Brown, former Newberg School District Board Chair, said: “I’m excited at how driven Bruce Starr is to influence positive change in Oregon’s failing public education system.”
“Bruce Starr has a great record of fighting tax increases,” said Jason Williams, who is the President of the Oregon Taxpayers’ Association.
Lois Anderson, Executive Director of Oregon Right to Life, said: “Bruce is a tried and true pro life leader, which is exactly what is needed in the Oregon Legislature.”
“Bruce Starr’s depth of knowledge and work ethic make him a perfect fit to represent us in the Legislature at such a critical time,” said Chris Chenowith, who is a McMinnville City Councilor.