A Pragmatic, Innovative Leader
Ted Wheeler has shown he knows how to make progress for Oregon families with innovative solutions and a transparent and problem-solving approach to governing. First as chairman of Multnomah County and now as state treasurer, Wheeler has demonstrated how we can make progress on tough issues like addressing homelessness, closing the gap between rich and poor, taking care of vulnerable populations and protecting taxpayer dollars so less is wasted and more is invested in protecting those in need.
During his time as Multnomah County chairman, Ted’s leadership proved critical in advancing important progressive priorities. Faced with a global recession, he is credited with balancing the budget and reducing the debt while maintaining safety net programs for the elderly, drug and alcohol treatment programs and forging partnerships to fund a Mental Health Crisis Center. He also jump-started long overdue construction projects including the East County Courthouse and the Sellwood Bridge, a critical piece of infrastructure for the families and businesses of Multnomah and Clackamas counties.
Since being appointed State Treasurer by Governor Ted Kulongoski in 2010, and then being elected twice in his own right, Ted directed efforts to implement money-saving strategies, authorized fraud lawsuits against firms that misled investors, earned an upgrade in Oregon’s credit rating and revamped the Oregon 529 College Savings Network with lower costs and more options for families.
Ted has assumed a leadership role in economic development. He convened business leaders and spearheaded a new statewide blueprint, dubbed the Oregon Investment Act, and it was approved by the Legislature in 2012. The Oregon Investment Act helps the State invest more effectively in the growth of small businesses.
He also championed efforts to increase retirement savings options for private sector employees. His efforts led to passage of a revolutionary plan that will allow nearly half of working Oregonians – most for the first time in their lives – the opportunity to start their own retirement savings plan.
Ted was motivated to enter politics while volunteering as an overnight host at the Goose Hollow Shelter and he saw firsthand that we could do much more to help the most vulnerable among us.
Ted earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ted is a longtime community volunteer leader, and has devoted energy to diverse organizations including Neighborhood House, Portland Mountain Rescue and the Oregon Sports Authority. He is an Eagle Scout.
A sixth-generation Oregonian, Ted was born in Portland, and graduated from Lincoln High School. He lives in Southwest Portland with his wife and daughter.