As a Marine, community leader and elected official, Richard Devlin has dedicated his life to public service. Richard began service in the Oregon Legislature after being elected to the House of Representatives in 1996. He served three terms in the House before his election to the Oregon Senate in 2002 and was the Senate Majority Leader from 2007-2010. Richard is currently the Senate Co-Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee. His deep knowledge of every part of state government is a vital qualification for the Secretary of State.
“I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, but I think one of my underlying characteristics is to never be satisfied – always believing that I could have done more and that I should have done more. I think the only way that people are able to achieve more is to constantly believe that they can do more. Helping instill that belief in Oregonians – especially young Oregonians – is an important part of what we do.”
Richard has been the leading voice in the Oregon Legislature on protecting funding for the public schools, community colleges, and universities that Oregon families depend on and are the vital foundation of a strong economy. He’s fought to ensure children and seniors have access to the services they depend on, and that middle class families are protected during tough times.
A lifelong Oregonian, Richard was born in Eugene – the second youngest of nine children – and worked his way through college, earning his Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Portland State University. He served in the Marine Corps and then went on to earn a Master of Arts in Management from Pepperdine University.
In 1980, Richard and his wife settled their family in Tualatin. Instilled with a strong sense of service to community – first by his mother, who taught of a responsibility to give back, and then from his service in the Marines – Richard ran for the local City Council. As a Council member, he helped establish Tualatin’s first police department, and advocated for transportation improvements and the creation of new city parks. Later, as a member of the Metro Council, the regional government of the Portland Metropolitan area, he focused on building strong communities by meeting the transportation needs of businesses and individuals, and protecting the regions open spaces.
In his professional career, Richard spent much of his time dedicated to community safety, working in both adult and juvenile corrections. He went on to work in civil and criminal investigations. Richard now resides in Tualatin with his wife Eliza. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.