Contact: Martha Richmond 503.415.6061


PORTLAND, ORE. (April 30, 2013) – Levy Confirmed as Port Commissioner

Gov. John Kitzhaber nominated and the Oregon State Senate today confirmed Robert L. Levy as a new Port of Portland Commissioner. A Umatilla County resident, Levy is a self-employed farmer operating both Windy River and L&L Farms in Hermiston.

Robert L. LevyLevy was also the previous owner of American Onion Inc., and worked as a field representative for Lamb Weston and as a foreman for Cunningham Sheep Company.

He currently serves on the board of Cunningham Sheep Company and as chair of the Westland Irrigation District.  Levy is a member of the Northwest Oregon Regional Solutions Team as well as the Columbia River Umatilla Solution Task Force.  He is also on the Oregon Business Council board. In 2003, Levy served on Gov. Kulongoski’s transition team.  He previously served on the Oregon Board of Agriculture and was appointed by Gov. Kitzhaber to the Program Funding Team, Jobs and the Economy.

Levy is a graduate of Pendleton High School and received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Oregon State University.

"I had the pleasure of traveling with Bob on last fall's trade mission to key markets in Asia,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “He understands the importance of trade to businesses both large and small and will be a strong voice for Oregon exporters and importers on the Commission.” 

 “During my business career as a farmer and rancher, I have been involved in importing and exporting a number of agricultural products through the Port’s facilities and understand what an important role the Port plays in our state and the region,” said Levy.  “I look forward to representing those interest and the interests of all Oregonians on the Commission.”

Levy will replace Commissioner Steve Corey who has served on the Commission since 2003 and whose current term has expired.

Other members of the Port Commission are: Jim Carter, Commission president; Paul Rosenbaum, Commission treasurer and CEO and board chairman of SWR Corporation, Diana Daggett, Commission secretary and American region director of corporate affairs, Intel Corporation, Peter Bragdon, vice president and general counsel, Columbia Sportswear Company;  Tom Chamberlain, president, Oregon AFL- CIO, Linda Pearce,  chief financial officer of Nautilus, Inc., Tom Tsuruta, professor and executive in residence at Marylhurst University, and Bruce A. Holte, a longshoreman and Secretary/Treasurer with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

The nine-member commission sets Port policy during its monthly meetings. At least two commissioners must each live in one of the three counties in the Port district (Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties).

The remaining members may live in any part of the state. Commissioners are unpaid volunteers who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate.  They serve four-year terms and can be reappointed. Commission presidents are selected by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.  The Commission appoints the Port's executive director.

Contact: Martha Richmond 503.415.6061

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