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Victor G. Atiyeh

Atiyeh in 1986
Personal data
Date of birthFebruary 20, 1923(age 94)
Place of birthPortland, Oregon
Political partyRepublican
SpouseDolores Atiyeh
ProfessionRug Merchant, Politician
32nd Governor of Oregon
In officeJanuary 8, 1979 - January 12, 1987
Succeeded byNeil Goldschmidt
Preceded byRobert W. Straub

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Victor George Atiyeh (born February 20, 1923, in Portland, Oregon) is an American politician, elected the 32nd Governor of Oregon in 1978. A member of the Republican Party, Atiyeh was the first elected governor of Arab descent in the United States, serving eight years from 1979 through 1987. He won re-election running against future governor Ted Kulongoski with 61.6 percent of the vote, the largest margin in 32 years.


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