Chairman Bob Tiernan 2009-2011
Bob Tiernan was elected as Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party in January 2009. Bob has the professional and personal experience we need to turn the party around. He is a successful business owner and consultant and serves as President of Tiernan and Associates. Bob also founded and is an owner of the new PayLess Drug, now the largest institutional drug company in Oregon.
In 2004, the board of a struggling Grocery Outlet, Inc. sought Bob's leadership and experience to serve as its President and Chief Operating Officer with a charge to turn the company around. In three years time, Bob took the discount grocery store chain with locations throughout Oregon and the western United States from financial difficulty to 14 straight quarters of positive sales and opened 24 new stores. When Bob left in 2007, Grocery Outlet over $600 million in sales and employed over 3,000 people.
In addition to professional endeavors, Bob has spent his much of his adult life in public service to our state and nation. From 1993 - 1997, he served as State Representative from District 24 in Lake Oswego. In the Legislature Bob was selected to Chair both the General Government and Crime and Corrections Committee, and served on the Judiciary and Labor Committees. Bob was also the Chief sponsor of three successful Oregon ballot initiatives: Measure 11, Oregon's "tough on crime" ballot measure; Measure 8, the pension reform initiative; and Measure 17, an initiative to make prisoners work.
Bob is also a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve where he serves as an Intelligence Officer for special intelligence units and has been a member of the U.S. Navy since 1983.
Bob graduated from Oregon State University with a BA in 1977 and went on to earn a JD from Seattle University School of Law in 1980 and a LLM from Georgetown University Law School in 1983. Bob now resides in Lake Oswego and is the proud father of three adult children.