City & Government

D7 Incumbent Lively: Support, trust = success



Birthdate: Nov. 30, 1946

Marital status: Married for 47 years

Spouse: Tresa, retired elementary teacher

Children: Two daughters both graduated from Springfield High School and University of Oregon. … four grandchildren in Springfield Public School

Residence Neighborhood: West D Street

Online:; Facebook: Elect John Lively for State Representative

Party Registration: Democrat

Education: Thurston HS Class of 1965; Lane Community College AA, 1971; UO Bachelor of Science degree in political science, 1974

Occupation: State representative

Public sector experience: U.S. Army Security Agency 1968-1971; Business Development Officer, Oregon Business Development, 1988-89

Private sector experience: Heavy manufacturing, retail sales, economic development, memory chip manufacturing, software contact center support, public relations

Elected offices held: Springfield City Council member 1976-1980; Mayor City of Springfield 1980-1986; State representative 2013-present.

I have served in the state legislature since 2013. During that time, I have strived to always work in a bi-partisan manner, respecting our differences while striving to find common ground. I have an open door and will listen to and discuss all sides of any issues. 

I advocate for changes to legislation that better reflects the district I represent. My style is not to grandstand but build coalitions to support important programs. Any success in the Legislature is only possible by getting other House members to support issues, takes at least 31 votes, and then ultimately to find support in the Senate and with the Governor. 

In addition, I recognize that change does not happen as quickly as any of us might like, hence I collaborate with my colleagues to make at least incremental changes and then observe how that helps. I recognize I am not an expert in most areas, so I rely on my colleagues, on leaders and citizens in my community and on studying the issues to form my opinion and my final vote. 

The other key for me is understanding that issues change over time, therefore I should be willing to understand those changes and work to change current laws or support new ones to better address those changes. 

My success is only possible best on the trust and support of my constituents and my colleagues in the Legislature.

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