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About Tobias

Tobias Read has been on the forefront of public finance both locally and nationally. His career has long been focused on finding progressive answers for Oregon’s economy. From his time as a student of government to his tenure as a State Representative, Tobias has focused on finding innovative solutions to the issues that face Oregon today. Consistently future focused, Tobias has a reputation as a pragmatic and innovative thinker on issues involving infrastructure, civil justice, and revenue reform.

Born in Missoula, Montana and raised in Boise, Idaho, Read moved to Oregon to attend Willamette University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and Economics. After working as a Special Assistant at the U.S. Treasury under Secretary Larry Summers, Rep. Read completed his Master’s of Business Administration at the University of Washington. He then moved back to Oregon for a position at Nike. In 2006 he was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

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key endorsers

ted wheeler
Oregon state treasurer

"Tobias Read has the right skills and experience to wisely manage Oregon's financial future."

Tina Kotek
Speaker of the house

"Tobias is a thoughtful leader with the integrity and smarts to take on the tough issues facing Oregonians."

jessica vega pederson
state Representative 

"Tobias reaches out to both sides of the aisle to find consensus."

Women leaders for tobias

Deborah Barnes
Jodie Barram, Former Mayor Pro Tem, Bend
Elizabeth Bauer, Gilded Rogue, President / CEO
Lacey Beaty, Beaverton City Councilor
Eileen Brady
Shelley Casteel
Christine Chin Ryan, Synergy Consulting Inc.
Karin Power, Milwaukie City Councilor
Former Senator Jackie Dingfelder
Monica Enand, Zapproved, CEO
Erin Flynn
Diane Fraiman
Denise Frisbee
Governor Barbara Roberts
Jennifer Geller, Eugene School Board
Senator Sara Gelser
Laurie Gould
Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
Jane Hill, Pendleton City Councilor
Representative Betty Komp
Speaker of the House Tina Kotek
Megan Lewis, Nonprofit Executive Director
Chelsea Martin, Small Business Owner
Lupita Maurer
Representative Caddy McKeown
Representative Susan McLain
Representative Ann Lininger
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
Representative Barbara Smith Warner
Judy Steigler, Former State Representative
Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Tina Stupasky
Jenni Tan, West Linn City Councilor
Representative Kathleen Taylor
Carolyn Tomei, Former State Representative
Donna Tyner, Beaverton School Board
Amy Varga
Representative Jessica Vega Pederson
Christine Vernier, Vernier Software & Technology, Co-founder
Tiffany Wheeler
Representative Jennifer Williamson, House Majority Leader
Tracie Heidt, Canby City Councilor
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson
Representative Nancy Nathanson
Alice Norris, Former Mayor, Oregon City
Amy Pearl
Representative Carla Piluso
Betty Reynolds
Debra J. Ringold
Senator Diane Rosenbaum
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Kelley Roy, ADX, Owner/Founder
Amy Saberiyan, Ava Roasteria, Owner
Patricia Scruggs
Lisa Sedlar, Green Zebra Grocery, Founder/CEO
Kamala Shugar
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson
Representative Nancy Nathanson
Alice Norris, Former Mayor, Oregon City
Amy Pearl
Representative Carla Piluso
Betty Reynolds
Debra J. Ringold
Senator Diane Rosenbaum
Kelley Roy,  ADX, Owner/Founder
Amy Saberiyan, Ava Roasteria, Owner
Patricia Scruggs
Lisa Sedlar, Green Zebra Grocery, Founder/CEO
Kamala Shugar
Representative Barbara Smith Warner
Judy Steigler, Former State Representative
Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Tina Stupasky
Jenni Tan, West Linn City Councilor
Representative Kathleen Taylor
Carolyn Tomei, Former State Representative
Donna Tyner, Beaverton School Board
Amy Varga
Representative Jessica Vega Pederson
Christine Vernier, Vernier Software & Technology, Co-founder
Tiffany Wheeler
Representative Jennifer Williamson, House Majority Leader

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testimonials

"Tobias has made innovation and education top priorities. I know he'll bring those values to the Office of the State Treasurer."

Christine Vernier, Co-founder, Vernier Software & Technology

TESTIMONIALS

"I know Tobias will be a great State Treasurer because he has my interests in mind. He cares about protecting the environment and ensuring an environmental legacy for our children and grandchildren."

Greg Macpherson

TESTIMONIALS

"Tobias has always supported policies that improve the lives of women and help women succeed. I'm proud to support someone that believes everyone should have equal access to opportunity,"

Jodie Barram, Former Mayor Pro Tem, Bend, OR

TESTIMONIALS

"Tobias has the right skills and knowledge to be a successful State Treasurer for Oregon. The Treasurer isn’t someone who simply knows how to crunch numbers and balance the books but someone with the foresight and leadership to use the financial power of the office to meet the needs of Oregonians and the state. I’m confident Tobias Read is that person."

Former Oregon State Treasurer Randall Edwards

TESTIMONIALS

"All of us at Multnomah County, as well as our partners in the judiciary and jurors and potential jurors from all around the County, appreciate Tobias' innovative and persuasive advocacy as a Representative for a state partnership to finance a safe, secure, functional Central Courthouse. It will be great to have that practicality and creativity for important public works in our State Treasurer."

Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack

accomplishments

Holding Corporations Accountable to the People of Oregon

Before House Bill 2700 passed in the 2015 legislative session, Oregon was one of only two states in the nation that sent unclaimed damages in a class action lawsuit back to corporate wrongdoers. Tobias Read successfully secured the passage of the Cy-Près Corporate Accountability Bill, redirecting those funds instead to legal aid and to a “next best” nonprofit directly related to the case.

Maintaining Our Infrastructure to Secure Our Future

Right now, Oregon's roads and bridges are crumbling, and we have limited financial resources. Tobias Read will continue to find innovative ways to address our infrastructure needs. In 2014, he led the effort to pass House Bill 4111, which did just that by connecting private-sector experience with public sector standards, and by confirming Oregon's participation in the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange.

Ensuring Retirement Security for All Hard Working Oregonians

We are facing a retirement savings crisis in Oregon and across the nation. Nearly half of all Oregonians have less than $25,000 saved for retirement. Tobias Read developed the Save Today, Secure Tomorrow legislation, creating the Oregon Retirement Savings Board. The Board will have the opportunity to create and implement a retirement savings plan for those who lack access to a plan at their workplace. This important financial planning tool will help Oregonians take control of their own financial futures.

Saving to Keep Oregon Strong in Good Times and Bad

All Oregon families know just how important it is to set some money aside and save for a rainy day. Tobias led the charge to establish the Rainy Day Fund in 2009. When times are tough, the Rainy Day Fund will help Oregonians maintain funding for schools and critical services.

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