Senate District 11

October 20, 2014
The candidates in District 11 are Patti Milne (R), of Woodburn, and Peter Courtney (D) of Salem.
PATTI (PATRICIA) MILNE has served as a Marion County Commissioner for the past 15 years, from 1999 to date.  She is thoroughly familiar with the county, its government, economy, and population.  Previously she served 3 terms as State Representative, 1993-1998, including service as Majority Whip in 1995.  Before that she was a member of the Woodburn School Board from 1989-1992.
While serving on the Marion County Commission, she was instrumental in having the  County sign up with the Federal E-Verify program, and now the County government is able to check its  newly hired employees to be sure they’re legally eligible to work in the U.S.  
Her campaign website is at  It contains background, lists supporters, and gives contact information. 
Incumbent PETER COURTNEY has been in the State Legislature for many years.  He began as a Representative, serving 1981-1984 and 1989-1998, then moving to the Senate in 1999 where he has remained since then.  He has been President of the Senate since 2003.
In his position as President of the Senate from 2003 to date, he has played a leading role in the management of bills, and he favors publicly-funded benefits to illegal aliens.  He has opposed bills requiring proof of citizenship when registering to vote, efforts to require employers to use E-Verify, efforts to strengthen cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.  He has consistently supported in-state tuition for illegal aliens.  In 2013 he voted to give official state driver cards to illegal aliens (SB 833).