For nearly 20 years, Paul Rainey has been at the center of shaping and navigating key public policy, legislative and political debates in Oregon. As a top staff member in the State Capitol and as an advocate for diverse interests, Paul has developed a keen understanding of the ins-and-outs of the legislative process and state government. Paul is a knowledgeable insider respected by leaders from across the political spectrum.
From 2013 through 2018, Paul served as the Administrator for the Republican caucus in the Oregon Senate. In that role, Paul was the senior policy and political advisor to the Republican Leader and led a staff of 8 people providing policy and communications support to every GOP Senator. Paul worked directly with staff and members from both parties in the Oregon Senate and the House of Representatives to negotiate legislation and manage the policy and legislative process and calendar. Prior to his staff position, Paul served as a consultant for organizations as diverse as the Oregon Association of Realtors and Our Oregon/Defend Oregon, which includes the Oregon Education Association.
Paul is a native Oregonian and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from George Fox University. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid sports fan. Paul and his wife live in Portland with their two children.
- State and local government
- Issue management
- Political negotiations
- Grassroots outreach
- Strategic communications
- Caucus Administrator, Senate Republican Office
- Executive Director, The Leadership Fund
- Director of Public Policy, Oregon Association of Realtors
- Contract Lobbyist, NW Public Affairs
“Oregon’s political pace is extremely fast and constantly changing. You need to be diligent and stay focused to implement your plans and reach collective goals. You also need to be willing to constantly adapt strategically and make the changes necessary to successfully navigate and influence the political process to succeed.”