Statesman Dinner

The annual Statesman Dinner is a unique event that brings together a diverse group of business, civic, and elected leaders from around the state and across the political spectrum. It is Oregon’s signature political dinner attracting national speakers such as Senator John McCain, columnist David Broder, Senator Chris Dodd, Congressman Paul Ryan, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel, and journalist Shankar Vedantam.

This Year’s Event

Tuesday, October 10
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
General Reception  6:00PM
Dinner and Program 7:00PM

Statesman of the Year

The highlight of the event is the Statesman of the Year award, presented in recognition of extraordinary achievements for public service, consensus building and forging collaborative solutions to critical issues facing Oregon.

Previous Honorees

2001:

  • U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
  • U.S. Senator Gordon Smith

2002:

  • Governor Vic Atiyeh
  • Governor John Kitzhaber

2003:

  • Jack McGowan

2004:

  • Mark O. Hatfield

2005:

  • Governor Barbara Roberts

2006:

  • Senator Margaret Carter
  • David Frohnmayer

2007:

  • Senator Frank Morse
  • Ken Thrasher

2008:

    • Mayor Vera Katz

 

  • Senator Lynn Lundquist

2009:

  • Gun Denhart
  • Representative Greg MacPherson

2010:

  • Gert Boyle

2011:

  • Representative Bruce Hanna
  • Representative Arnie Roblan

2012: Health Care Heroes

  • Commissioner Tammy Baney
  • Sen. Alan Bates
  • Dr. George Brown
  • Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer
  • Rep. Tim Freeman
  • Megan Haase
  • Rep. Tina Kotek
  • Andrew McCulloc
  • Dr. Joe Robertson
  • Lillian Shirley
  • Greg Van Pelt

2013:

Sue Levin

2014:

Phil & Penny Knight & the Knight Cancer Challenge

2015:

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

2016:

Representative Vic Gilliam