Knute Buehler is running to fight for the people and place he calls home in Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District – and to keep Oregon’s only Republican Congressional district in Republican hands. CD 2 was left vacant with the recent retirement of Republican Greg Walden. Knute is widely seen as the leading candidate for Congress having already won in CD2 in four elections, most recently as the Republican nominee challenging incumbent Democrat Governor Kate Brown where he raised a record setting $19 million.
In Congress, Knute will be a strong, effective voice and reliable vote for the conservative principles and values that make America the greatest nation on earth – freedom, opportunity, and the rule of law. And, he will be a champion for limited government, border security, and Oregon’s traditional jobs in agriculture, ranching and timber.
Knute was born and raised in Roseburg and grew up working in the woods and driving a Pepsi delivery truck. His parents sacrificed to make sure Knute and his brothers were the first in their family to attend college. Knute earned his undergraduate degree in microbiology from Oregon State in 1986 while playing baseball and becoming Oregon State’s first Rhodes Scholar. After attending Oxford University from 1988 to 1990, where he studied politics and economics, Knute earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1991.
After medical school, Knute and Patty, his wife of 28 years, put down roots in Bend to raise a family, begin their medical practices and build their businesses. In Bend, Knute helped build The Center, a patient-focused Orthopedic and Neurosurgery care facility that includes 40 medical providers and more than 280 employees.
In 2014, Knute was elected to represent the people of Bend as a Republican in the Oregon House of Representatives. He was re-elected in 2016. As a state lawmaker, during a time of record state revenues, Knute vigorously opposed multiple massive tax hikes and misplaced priorities pushed by Governor Brown, progressive Democrats and their government union allies. In 2018, Knute was the Republican nominee for Governor of Oregon and fought to rescue Oregon’s failing schools, fix a broken state pension system, reform foster care, and promote rural economic development.
Knute and his wife Patty, a successful eye surgeon and business owner, live in Bend. Together, they have two grown children, Owen and Hannah, and their dog Ferris. Knute serves on the board of the Oregon State University Foundation, and previously the Ford Family Foundation, one of the largest charitable organizations in the state. He also served on the budget committee for the Bend-La Pine School District and the boards of the High Desert Museum, OSU-Cascades Campus and St. Charles Health System.