Ross Swartzendruber

Ross Swartzendruber

Ross Swartzendruber
Candidate for State Senator, 12th District


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Occupation: Sheep Farmer

Occupational Background

  • Owner, Black Sheep Advertising, Inc. 1997-Present 
  • Ranch hand, Swartzendruber Sheep Station 1989-1997
  • Purification process operator, Genetics Institute 1988-1989
  • Research assistant, Boston University School of Education, 1987-1988

Educational Background:

  • Amity High School 1982 
  • Chemeketa Community College 
  • Oregon State University 
  • Boston University, Bachelor of Arts, Biology, 1988

Prior Governmental Experience

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction Student Advisory Committee member 1981-82

Walk-outs. Executive orders. Pandemics. Hoarding. Financial meltdown. Public shutdown.

Just when we need leadership, we’re all experiencing a major communication breakdown.

Ross Swartzendruber offers Oregon a different future with anti-corruption measures that strengthen democracy.

When faced with these same issues around the Great Depression, Oregonians came together and created anti-corruption legislation allowing initiatives, referendums, public co-ops and ranked choice voting. These efforts give more power to people, strengthen democracy and remain effective a century later. We will do it again.

We need democracy more than ever. Ross Swartzendruber supports the 2018 Democratic Party of Oregon Platform and these issues:


Campaign Finance Reform – Pass SJR 18 in November 2020

Voter Rights – Ranked Choice or STAR Voting, redistricting, lower special district age limit

Ethics Reform – Close the revolving door between lobbyists and politicians

Green New Deal – German Style

Get paid to produce power

Rural municipal energy co-ops

Transportation infrastructure electrification

Digital Bill of Rights

Data privacy and surveillance protections

Humane technology

Algorithmic governance feedback

Ross Swartzendruber is 55 and lives on the family sheep farm with his wife and three children in rural Polk County. He is very active in his community and has owned an advertising agency for 20 years.

Current Activities:

  • Straub Middle School Music Booster President (2015)
  • Bethel College Board Member (2016)
  • Music Lessons Project Board Member (2018)
  • Oregon Public Education Network member (2018)
  • Polk County Democratic Precinct Committee Person (2018)
  • Democratic Party of Oregon State Central Committee Education Caucus delegate (2019)