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Overview

The Citizens' Initiative Review Commission consists of eleven members who serve four-year terms.  

The Governor appoints three members who have at some time been selected by the four appointed members of an explanatory statement committee under to prepare an explanatory statement, as follows: (A) One member recommended by the leadership of the Democratic party in the Senate and one member recommended by the leadership of the Republican party in the Senate. (B) Except as provided in subparagraph (C) of this paragraph, one member recommended by the leadership of the political party with the largest representation in the Senate that is not the same party as the Governor. (C) If more than two political parties are represented in the Senate, one member recommended by the leadership of a third political party with the largest representation in the Senate.

Six electors who have served on a citizen panel are selected from among the citizen panelists who convene to evaluate the previous year’s CIRs.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Funding

The Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission receives its funding from private donations and foundations.  The CIRC has received the following donations from the Healthy Democracy Fund during the 2015-2017 biennium:

 

  • July 13, 2015 - $25,000
  • August 10, 2016 - $79,033
  • October 6, 2016 - $12,224

 

 


 
 
 
Board Members


ERNEST ESTES (Chair)

Former CIR Panelist
Portland, Oregon

First term of service 6/8/2015-6/7/20179

ROBIN GUMPERT (Vice Chair)
Former CIR Moderator
Portland, Oregon
First term of service 5/21/2013-5/20/2017

MELANEE ELLIS
Former CIR Panelist
Eugene, Oregon
Completing term of service 5/21/2013-5/20/2017​

MOLLY KEATING
Former CIR Moderator
Portland, Oregon
Completing term of service 5/21/2013-5/20/2017​

KAY OGDEN
Former CIR Panelist
Bend, Oregon
First term of service 5/21/2013-5/20/2017

JOHN RAKOWITZ
Senate Republican Leadership Recommendation
Wilsonville, Oregon
First term of service 6/07/2016 - 6/07/2020

ROBERT RUSSELL
Senate Republican Leadership Recommendation
Keizer, Oregon
First term of service 6/07/2016 - 6/07/2020​

DEBBY SOUTHWORTH
Former CIR Panelist
Portland, Oregon
First term of service 9/28/2015-9/27/2019
 
 
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