About Senator Bentz
Senator Bentz was raised on the Whitehorse ranch in Fields, OR and the Actin Ranch in Drewsey, OR. He married Lindsay Norman, DVM and has two children; Allison and Scott. He and Lindsay live on a small farm 7 miles outside of Ontario, OR when he's not in Salem.
High School, 1966-1970
Regis High School, Stayton, OR
Returned to the ranch in Eastern Oregon during the summers.
Law Practice, 1977 - Present
Associate and then partner with Yturri, Rose, LLP in Ontario, OR. Specializes in Water Law and Business Planning.
Eastern Oregon State College, B.S. in History,
Minor in Business/Economics
Law School, 1974-1977
Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law, J.D.
Focus on Water and Tax Law.
Oregon Water Resource Commission, 1988-1996
St. Peter Catholic Grade School Board, 2000-2005
Ontario 8C School District Board, 2005-2008
Ontario Historical Society, 2004-2008
Domestic Violence Eliminated Board Member, 2002-2007
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Folk Mass Group, 1990-2008
Appointed to Oregon House of Representatives, 2008
Elected 2008, Re-Elected in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
Standing Senate Committees
Committee On Education
Committee On Environment and Natural Resources
Committee On Judiciary
Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee
Appointed to Oregon State Senate, 2018
Commercial Real Estate, 1980 - Present
Owns and leases commercial real estate in Onatrio, OR.
Farming, 1983 - Present
Leases, operates and lives on a 103 acre row crop farm, served by water from the Owyhee
Senator Bentz's Legislative Priorities
Protect our water rights.
Address and fix the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) unfunded liability of 25 billion dollars so that it stops draining away dollars for schools.
Address Oregon’s inequitable
Real Property Tax mess.
Apply spending accountability measures such as those included in HB 2017 to each government agency.
Protect our most vulnerable: the elderly, infirm, and children.
Address climate issues of hotter, warmer, dryer by investing in adaptive measures such as water storage and, studies and conservation.
Provide better educational opportunities for our future.
Reduce regulatory mandates from the government.
Improve opportunities for
Address and properly reimburse and encourage landowners who feed and provide habitat for the benefit of wildlife.
Protect our Second Amendment Rights.
Maintain and improve our range lands.
Restore access to vast timber and mineral resources.
Continue to maintain and improve our transportation systems in the state to move people and goods efficiently across space.
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