Former Congressman Greg Walden (R) represented the people of Oregon’s vast, Second Congressional District from 1999-2021. He chaired the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over energy, telecommunications, health care, medical research and consumer safety issues.
As a member of that committee for 20 of his 22 years in the House, he led legislative efforts in energy grid security and reliability; telecommunications and spectrum issues; confronting the opioids epidemic and expanding access to affordable health care.
His colleagues twice elected him to lead the National Republican Congressional Committee, the national campaign arm of House Republicans. Under his leadership, House Republicans attained their largest back-to-back majorities in history.
Before his election to Congress, Walden served eight years in the Oregon House and Senate, where his state House GOP colleagues twice elected him Majority Leader.
Walden and his wife, Mylene, owned and operated radio stations in Oregon for more than two decades. He served on the local community hospital board and on the board of a community bank.
Currently, Walden and his wife own MSW Communications, and he serves on advisory boards working on innovative solutions to climate change and advancements in health care.
B.S. in Journalism, University of Oregon