NWCUA Mourns Passing of Sen. Alan Bates

Oregon Senator Alan Bates (D-Medford), passed away Friday, while on a fishing trip with his son, according to an announcement from the Senate Majority Office.

“We will miss our friend and colleague, Senator Alan Bates,” Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) said. “He was a thoughtful and even-handed leader who always brought keen perspectives from his profession as a physician, along with his deep love of the Rogue Valley and the state of Oregon. We are grateful to have been able to call him a colleague and a friend. We will miss him terribly and are deeply saddened by his loss. Our thoughts go out to his family during this trying time.”

“Senator Bates was a loyal member, a longtime champion for credit unions, and a trusted partner in working to improve our community. He has worked directly with several of our team members and we will miss him dearly,” added Gene Pelham, President and CEO of Rogue Credit Union.

“The Northwest credit union community shares in the grief over the loss of Senator Bates,” added Troy Stang, President and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association. “He was more than a deft statesman in the Senate. He was a veteran, a physician, a colleague, a husband and a father. Those are among the memories that will endure of Sen. Bates, and our thoughts will remain with those whose lives he touched.”

Sen. Bates, an established primary care physician in Medford, who built and maintained a family practice for more than 30 years serving Southern Oregon, had served in the Oregon Senate since 2004, after four years in the House of Representatives.

Prior to his service in the Legislature, Sen. Bates had a long and distinguished career in public service. A Vietnam veteran, he served 10 years on the Eagle Point School Board, plus two years on the Governor’s Task Force on Quality in Education. In 1989, he was appointed to the state’s Health Services Commission, which was instrumental in designing and implementing the Oregon Health Plan. He was re-appointed by two different governors and chaired that commission for three years, before resigning to run for public office.

Governor Kate Brown has since ordered flags lowered to half-staff to recognize Sen. Bates.

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