Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Site Image


Val Hoyle Headshot.png
Commissioner Val Hoyle


Val Hoyle was born at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield,California on February 14th, 1964 and grew up in a proud union household in New England. She earned a Bac​helor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Studies from Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Hoyle worked in the outdoor industry for 25 years, specializing in domestic andinternational sales. She moved to Eugene, Oregon with her husband Stephen and two young children in 1999 based on the quality of life and reputation of the 4J school district. She served as a member and chairperson of the Oregon Distr​ict Export Council from 2003-2010, and got involved in local politics to support public education, eventually serving as the Oregon State Representative for West Eugene and Junction City.
In 2012, Hoyle was elected by her legislative colleagues as House Majority Leader and served in that role through the 2015 legislative session. Following her service in the capitol, she worked with the University of Oregon Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.
In May of 2018, Val Hoyle was elected to be the tenth Oregon Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries.
Val lives outside of Springfield with her husband, Stephen and their two dogs.

Commissioner's Messages

BOLI's Mission

The mission of the Bureau of Labor and Industries is to protect employment rights, advance employment opportunities, and protect access to housing and public accommodations free from discrimination.

BOLI promotes the development of a highly-skilled, competitive workforce in Oregon through its Apprenticeship and Training Divisions and partnerships with government, labor, business, and educational institutions. It protects the rights of workers and citizens to equal, non-discriminatory treatment; encourages and enforces compliance with state laws relating to wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment; and advocates policies that balance the demands of the workplace and employers with the protections of workers and their families.

Oregonians who feel they have been discriminated against or who have not received their proper wages can call BOLI or visit our web site for information and for help filing a civil rights complaint or a wage claim. BOLI also promotes development of a skilled work force through its apprenticeship and training programs and provides education to the state's employers through its technical assistance services.

BOLI: 100 Years of Service
BOLI was created by the 1903 Legislature. The first Labor Commissioner, O.P. Hoff, was also the Bureau's first and only employee, responsible for enforcing child labor laws, the 10-hour working day for women and the factory inspection law. Today the Bureau's Civil Rights Division, Wage and Hour Division, Apprenticeship and Training Division and Technical Assistance for Employers Program serve Oregonians in a variety of ways. BOLI has staff in Portland, Salem, Eugene, and Medford, employs 100 Oregonians and has a total, two-year budget of approximately $24 million.

To read more about BOLI's first 100 years serving Oregonians, follow this link