From 2006 to 2016, Tobias was elected to serve the 27th district as State Representative. While in office, he sponsored and successfully passed legislation to create OregonSaves, a first-of-its-kind retirement savings plan that gives everyone the ability to save for the future and retire with security and dignity, even if their employer does not provide options. As Treasurer, he has overseen the implementation of the plan, which successfully enrolled over 50,000 people in the first 18 months.