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Neil Goldschmidt

circa 1980 as Secretary of Transportation
Personal data
Date of birthJune 16, 1940(age 74)
Place of birthEugene, Oregon
NationalityUnited States
Political partyDemocrat
SpouseMargaret Wood Goldschmidt (1965-1990)
Diana Snowden Goldschmidt (1994-current)
ChildrenJoshua Goldschmidt
Rebecca Goldschmidt
ResidenceSW Portland, Oregon; and France
Alma materUniversity of Oregon (B.A.)
U.C. Berkeley Law School (LL.B.)
Professionlawyer, politician
41st Mayor of Portland, Oregon
In office1973 - 1979
Succeeded byConnie McCready
Preceded byTerry Schrunk
6th United States Secretary of Transportation
In officeAugust 15, 1979 - January 20, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Succeeded byAndrew L. Lewis, Jr.
Preceded byBrock Adams
33rd Governor of Oregon
In officeJanuary 12, 1987 - January 14, 1991
Succeeded byBarbara Roberts
Preceded byVictor G. Atiyeh

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Neil Edward Goldschmidt (born June 16, 1940) is an American businessman and former Democratic politician from Oregon who held local, state, and federal offices over three decades. After serving as the governor of Oregon, Goldschmidt is widely considered the most influential figure in the state's politics, both as an elected public official and as a lobbyist and policy consultant. His legacy and career were severely damaged by revelations that he had a sexual relationship with a minor during his first term as Mayor of Portland.

Goldschmidt was elected to the Portland City Council in 1970, and then as mayor of Portland in 1972, becoming the youngest mayor of any major American city. He promoted the revitalization of Downtown Portland, and was influential on Portland-area transportation policy, particularly with the abandonment of the Mount Hood Freeway and the establishment of the MAX Light Rail. He was appointed U.S. Secretary of Transportation by President Jimmy Carter in 1979; where he worked to revive the ailing automobile industry, and to deregulate several industries. He served until the end of Carter's presidency in 1980, and then served as a senior executive with Nike for several years.

He was elected the 33rd governor of Oregon in 1986, serving a single term. He faced significant challenges, particularly a rising anti-tax movement (leading to 1990's Measure 5) and a doubling of the state's prison population. He worked across party lines to reduce regulation and to repair the state's infrastructure. During his term, Oregon emerged from nearly eight years of recession. His reforms to the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF), a state-chartered worker's compensation insurance company were heralded at the time, but drew strong criticism in later years.

Despite his popularity, Goldschmidt left office after only one term, becoming an influential and controversial lobbyist. Over the next dozen years or so, he was criticized by editorial boards and Oregonians for several of the causes he supported, including backing the forestry corporation, Weyerhaeuser in its hostile takeover of Oregon's Willamette Industries and his advocacy for a private investment firm in its attempt to take over Portland General Electric, a local utility company. In 2003, governor Ted Kulongoski appointed him to the Oregon Board of Higher Education, a position he resigned after admitting he had a sexual relationship with a minor girl 30 years earlier.

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570 News--That was the signal to then mayor -Neil Goldschmidt- to try a radically different approach. Rather than build a new highway, he proposed a light rail transit ... - Date : Wed, 20 Oct 2010 08:41:55 GMT+00:00
Change agent? Some Republicans think Kitzhaber could be - Statesman Journal Tweet this news
Statesman Journal--Her narrow loss then to Democrat -Neil Goldschmidt- launched the longest streak by either major party on holding the governorship. ... - Date : Sun, 17 Oct 2010 10:28:59 GMT+00:00
After the election, Oregon Republicans at a loss, their dreams dashed in ... - Tweet this news 1986, for example, -Neil Goldschmidt- won the first of what is now an unbroken string of Democratic victories in governor's races. ... - Date : Sat, 06 Nov 2010 18:36:27 GMT+00:00
Who Is Lying Here? - Oregon Catalyst (blog) Tweet this news
Oregon Catalyst (blog)--Quite frankly, it doesn't make any difference whether Bush lied, or Cheney lied, or Clinton lied, or John Edwards lied, or -Neil Goldschmidt- lied, ... - Date : Wed, 30 Jun 2010 12:02:07 GMT+00:00
Want to Eat Dinner at Chris Dudley's House? - Willamette Week (blog) Tweet this news
Willamette Week (blog)---Neil Goldschmidt-, a Democrat, used in his successful 1986 campaign. Here is Dudley's invitation to come on over to his Lake Oswego home: It was the support ... - Date : Fri, 04 Jun 2010 22:40:28 GMT+00:00
1990 compensation law leaves a legacy of cooperation - Statesman Journal Tweet this news
Statesman Journal---Neil Goldschmidt- was put in charge of the talks. But businesses also got serious about talking with workers on a continuous basis. ... - Date : Sun, 09 May 2010 10:19:02 GMT+00:00
Job injuries and deaths create long trail of legislation - Statesman Journal Tweet this news
Statesman Journal---Neil Goldschmidt- delegated most of the details to Kulongoski, who then was state insurance commissioner and director of the Department of Insurance and ... - Date : Sun, 02 May 2010 10:17:53 GMT+00:00
School superintendent shouldn't be an elected seat - Statesman Journal Tweet this news
Statesman Journal---Neil Goldschmidt- and subsequently elected. Then Stan Bunn, another former legislator and defeated candidate for attorney general and Congress, won election ... - Date : Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:13:43 GMT+00:00

Political offices
Preceded by
Terry Schrunk
Mayor of Portland, Oregon
Succeeded by
Connie McCready
Preceded by
Brockman Adams
United States Secretary of Transportation
Succeeded by
Andrew L. Lewis, Jr.
Preceded by
Victor G. Atiyeh
Governor of Oregon
Succeeded by
Barbara Roberts

Governors of Oregon

Provisional (1843 - 1849)Executive Committee * Abernethy
Territorial (1849 - 1859)Lane * Gaines * Davis * Curry
State (since 1859)Whiteaker * Gibbs * Woods * Grover * Chadwick * Thayer * Moody * Pennoyer * Lord * Geer * Chamberlain * Benson * Bowerman * West * Withycombe * Olcott * Pierce * I. Patterson * Norblad * Meier * Martin * Sprague * Snell * Hall * McKay * P. Patterson * Smith * Holmes * Hatfield * McCall * Straub * Atiyeh * Goldschmidt * Roberts * Kitzhaber * Kulongoski

United States Secretaries of Transportation

Boyd * Volpe * Brinegar * Coleman * Adams * Goldschmidt * Lewis * Dole * Burnley * Skinner * Card * Peña * Slater * Mineta * Peters * LaHood

Carter cabinet

Secretary of StateCyrus Vance (1977 1980) * Edmund Muskie (1980 1981)
Secretary of the TreasuryW. Michael Blumenthal (1977 1979) * G. William Miller (1979 1981)
Secretary of DefenseHarold Brown (1977 1981)
Attorney GeneralGriffin Bell (1977 1979) * Benjamin R. Civiletti (1979 1981)
Secretary of the InteriorCecil D. Andrus (1977 1981)
Secretary of AgricultureRobert Bergland (1977 1981)
Secretary of CommerceJuanita M. Kreps (1977 1979) * Philip M. Klutznick (1979 1981)
Secretary of LaborRay Marshall (1977 1981)
Secretary of Health, Education and WelfareJoseph A. Califano, Jr. (1977 1979) * Patricia Roberts Harris (1979 1979)
Secretary of Health and Human ServicesPatricia Roberts Harris (1979 1981)
Secretary of EducationShirley M. Hufstedler (1979 1981)
Secretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentPatricia Roberts Harris (1977 1979) * Maurice "Moon" Landrieu (1979 1981)
Secretary of TransportationBrock Adams (1977 1979) * Neil E. Goldschmidt (1979 1981)
Secretary of EnergyJames R. Schlesinger (1977 1979) * Charles Duncan, Jr. (1979 1981)
Vice PresidentWalter Mondale (1977 1981)
Ambassador to the United NationsAndrew Young (1977 1979) * Donald McHenry (1979 1981)
Director of the Office of
Management and Budget
Thomas "Bert" Lance (1977) * James T. McIntyre (1978 1981)
Chair of the Council of Economic AdvisersCharles Schultze (1977 1981)
Advisor to the
President on National Security Affairs
Zbigniew Brzezinski (1977 1981)

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