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. 

College, 1970-1974

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.

Community Involvement 

Legislative Involvement

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

Project Dove

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. 


CLICK HERE to learn about the 2017 Transportation Package  

Copyright © Cliff Bentz for Oregon. All Rights Reserved.

Paid for by Cliff Bentz for Oregon,

Mike Blackaby, Treasurer.  


PO BOX 1048

Ontario, OR 97914

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