Frank Dixon is currently serving his first term as Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon, after serving three terms as First Vice-Chair. He has been a member of the Democratic National Committee and the DNC LGBT Caucus since 2007, and was elected in 2013 by the Western Region of the Association of State Democratic Parties to serve on the national ASDC Executive Committee.
After moving eight times with his military family between five U.S. states and Germany, Frank graduated from Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s Southeast side and the University of Notre Dame with a BA in American Studies and Communications.
He entered active duty as an Infantry Unit Commander in 1973 and retired in the Army Reserves after serving with the 104th Division as a commander of the Leadership Academy (drill sergeant school) and as the Division’s internal auditor.
Frank arrived in Oregon in 1976 to attend Lewis & Clark Law School. After receiving his law degree, Frank practiced consumer law for fifteen years in state and federal courts. He was the lead attorney on early cases filed in the Oregon Court of Appeals and US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of consumers under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Frank taught other lawyers about consumer protection and is a published author on the subject.
Frank started community organizing as a precinct committee person and neighborhood association leader, and went on to lead the group of neighborhood associations for West and Northwest Portland. Appointed to serve on numerous city and countywide commissions, Frank became the Portland City Commissioner’s staff liaison to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement in 1999.
Frank was one of the founders of Veterans for Human Rights, an early LGBT war veterans group. Frank served on the Board of Directors of Right to Pride PAC in the 1990s. Frank became a Director of Basic Rights Oregon in 2002 for ten years, co-chairing the Board and PAC for several years; and later serving as co-interim Executive Director. In 2004, Frank organized and was the first President of the Democratic Party of Oregon GLBT Caucus.
Frank owned property outside of Tumalo, spending a month or more of each year east of the Cascades, for almost 20 years. As part owner of his great-grandfather’s homestead and farm established in 1856 in Northeastern Kansas, Frank continues to respect the rural way of life. Frank lives with his partner of over 30 years, real estate broker Dan Volkmer, in Northwest Portland. They enjoy spending time together with Watson, their Boxer, and Ertha Cat at their other home in Netarts.
Party Office Holder
Chair, Democratic Party of Oregon