Having grown up throughout Oregon, Paul knows just how special House District 8 is.
Before he began his career in public service, Paul worked as a carpentry apprentice and eventually worked his way up to becoming a journeyman in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. Paul has worked for various contractors in Oregon, Washington, California and Alaska as a carpenter, foreman and project superintendent. He also has experience in real estate sales and appraisal, as well as construction contracting. Paul is also a retired representative for the Pacific Northwest Carpenters – part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.
Paul's educational background includes attending Lane Community College, Central Washington University, and the University of Oregon. He has also received a certificate from the University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center and have had professional training in labor-management relations.
During his time serving in the legislature, Paul has championed a wide range of legislation important to Oregonians, such as expanding solar technology, assisting domestic violence victims with unemployment insurance needs, updating statutes to help Oregon’s growing wine industry, implementing the Forest Legacy program in Oregon, enacting homeowner mortgage protections, and ending field burning in the Willamette Valley. Paul also serves as the Speaker Pro-Tempore.
Paul and his wife Terrie live in South Eugene and are kept busy with their three Yorkshire Terriers, Sonny, Boo and Trigger. He enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors, and being with his family. His son Justin and daughter-in-law Carla live in Washington and have a lively daughter named Natalie and an adorable son named Kyle!