Keith Mobley has a regional law practice based in Dufur. He has a long history of work in economic development, starting with his time as assistant to the president of Oregon State University. His work there also revived an interest in telecommunications, something that began with his service as a Navy communications officer. He was instrumental in improving access to broadband in The Dalles, and more recently, in Maupin. While at OSU, one of his roles was as lobbyist, and he later served as a lobbyist for the Oregon Office of Educational Policy and Planning. A strong supporter of public broadcasting, he recently served as a member and board chair of OPB. He grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch near Shaniko in Wasco County.