Ronald C. Cease

Abstract/Description: Interview with Ronald C. Cease. Oregon House of Representatives (19th District), 1985-1991, Oregon Senate (10th District), 1991-1997. There was really never a time in his adult life that Ron Cease (interviewed May 30, 2017) hasn't been involved in politics. Cease first worked to develop the form of government for the newly admitted State of Alaska. He then began a long career as a professor of political science at Portland State University. It was during his first years of teaching that Ron was asked to be a part of Gov. Tom McCall's Project 70 Task Force to modernize Oregon state government. He always enjoyed the interaction between students and members of the legislature or lobbyists who would come talk to his student's. In 1985, he was persuaded to run for the seat his wife Jane Cease was vacating in the House of Representatives. The move sparked some criticism but Ron deflected voter's concerns with humor and won the election. After serving in the House for four terms in the House, Ron won election to the Oregon Senate in 1991, and remained there until 1997. Ron cites several bills that he is particularly proud of sponsoring: the Environmental Crimes Law, the Tsunami Warning System, and the Bicycle Helmet Law, a bill he and his legislative aide Claudia Black worked on together. "I'm not only proud of that piece of legislation, but you better believe that Claudia Black is also very proud of it because she played a real role in seeing us get it done."
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Cease, Ronald C -- Interviews
Oregon -- Officials and employees -- Interviews
Oregon -- Politics and government
Date Issued: 20172017