Wayne Kinney is Second Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon.
Wayne Kinney served three terms as Oregon's Democratic National Committeeman, and was recently elected secretary of the DNC's Western Caucus. He has been a member of the DPO state committee since 1991, and a member of the Executive Committee since 1993. In that time, Wayne has served two terms as DPO Secretary, two terms as chair of the Second Congressional District, two terms as chair of the Platform and Resolutions Committee, and he's in his third term as chair of the Rules Committee.
He was one of the leaders in implementing Oregon's plan for its delegation to the Democratic National Convention for 2004 and 2008. Wayne's also served four times as temporary chair of the DPO, and was secretary of the DPO Platform Convention in 1998. In addition, he's served as chair of the county parties in Lake and Union counties, and as vice chair of the Deschutes County Democrats. During Wayne's time in the DPO, he has been the only party leader who lives east of the Cascades.
When Wayne was elected Democratic National Committeeman in 2001, he was the first Eastern Oregon resident elected to that position since 1932. Wayne was born in Bridgeport, Conn., and raised in central Massachusetts. He first moved West in the mid-1970s, and was a reporter and editor for newspapers in Oregon, Idaho and Washington before becoming a property appraiser in Lake County in the early 1990s. There, at the urging of a county commissioner, he became chair of the Lake County Democrats and became involved with the DPO.
In 1996, he joined the staff of newly elected U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, and moved to La Grande to establish a field office. As Sen. Wyden is fond of pointing out, Wayne was the first-ever rural field representative for an Oregon U.S. Senator. Wayne moved to Bend in 2005, where he covers most of Central and Eastern Oregon from Sen. Wyden's field office there. Wayne's roots are in small-town New England, and his heart is in rural Oregon. He thinks of himself as a rural liberal, and believes strongly in democracy, responsive government and public service. He's tried to stay true to those values in his work within the Democratic Party of Oregon.
Party Office Holder
Second Vice-Chair, Democratic Party of Oregon
Chair, Rules Committee