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Guide to the Darlene Hooley papers
Darlene Hooley papers
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Legislative Records
Constituent Service Records
Press Relations/Media Activities Records

Guide to the Darlene Hooley papers


Guide to the Darlene Hooley papers


The Darlene Hooley papers consist of papers generated and received by the office of Congresswoman Darlene Hooley during her six terms in the United States House of Representatives representing the Fifth District of the state of Oregon

Source Format




Collection Guide

Political Papers




Willamette University University Archives and Special Collection

Repository Address

900 State Street; Salem, Oregon; 97301 USA; Phone: 503/370/6845; Fax: 503/370/6144; Email:; URL:

Location of Collection

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Collection Number



Materials are in English.


The papers are arranged in four series, personal/political/official records, legislative records, constituent service records and press relations/media activities records.; Specific arrangements for each series and subseries are described in the series descriptions below. Folders maintain original order whenever it can be determined. There is a certain amount of subject overlap between series as well as duplicate materials in various folders. Researchers are encouraged to examine the entire collection in order to cover all material addressing their interest.

Biographical/Historical Note

Biographical Note

Darlene Olson Hooley was born in Williston, North Dakota on April 4, 1939. At the age of eight her parents moved to Salem, Oregon. In 1961 she graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. In addition to pursuing post-graduate work at Oregon State and Portland State Universities, Hooley taught physical education, music and reading in several Portland-area high schools from 1961 to 1970. In 1965 she married John Hooley and they raised two children, Chad and Erin, before divorcing in 1995.

In the early 1970’s Hooley’s son was injured in a playground accident in West Linn, Oregon. The city’s lack of response to playground safety issues motivated Hooley to enter politics and in1976 she became the first woman member of the West Linn city council. In 1980 she entered the Oregon State House of Representatives where she served until 1987. During her time in the state legislature she focused on bills dealing with public kindergartens, equity pay and reform of the state’s welfare system.

After leaving the state legislature in 1987 Hooley again broke new ground when she became the first woman elected to the Clackamas County board of commissioners. In 1996 she was elected as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives and was a member of the One Hundred Fifth to the One Hundred Tenth Congresses (January 3, 1997-January 3, 2009). She was not a candidate for reelection in 2008.

During her first term in office, Hooley was elected House Democratic freshman class president. Additionally, during her tenure, she was a House Senior Whip for the Democratic Party and a member of the New Democrat Coalition. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee she advocated adapting banking laws and acting to disrupt the financial foundations of terrorist networks and focused on issues surrounding identity theft prevention and increasing medical and financial privacy. In 2003, she was a key sponsor of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (HR 2622), which gave Americans the right to free credit reports. A staunch advocate of a federal prohibition of online poker, Hooley cosponsored H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Ac, in 2006.

In 2002, Hooley voted against the authorization of the use of military force in Iraq. As a member of the Veterans' Affairs committee, she focused on issues of veterans' health care and deployment of National Guard troops to the Iraq War.

Since retiring from Congress Hooley resides in Oregon.

Geographic Place Names

Portland, Oregon

Oregon (State)--Politics and government--20th/21st century

United States--Politics and government--20th/21st century


45 linear feet

Content Description

The Darlene Hooley papers contain materials generated by her office during her six terms representing Oregon’s Fifth District in the United States Congress from January 3, 1997 through January 3, 2009. She served on the Science and Technology, Energy and Commerce, and Budget committees. She was a House Senior Whip for the Democratic Party and a member of the New Democrat Coalition.

The papers are arranged in four series, the largest of which is Series II, Legislative Papers. The Legislative series contains appropriations requests for Science, Technology, Energy and Commerce, as well as for other funding, which are organized by Funding Year (FY) and then session of Congress. Many of these requests are for Oregon projects centering on public transportation, i.e. the Light Rail project in the Portland Area, and technology programs such as the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute at Oregon State University. Hooley was successful in securing public investments in Oregon’s Fifth District, which is evident in the materials relating to legislative work on bills concerning Mt. Hood, forestry issues and the Port of Portland. She also obtained millions of dollars in county timber payments in lieu of taxes on federal lands for local schools and roads, federal funding for transportation, port and infrastructure needs, as well as agricultural research and biomedical research funding. This series also contains material on Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (HR 2622).

Other highlights of the collection include constituent letters from grade school students, photographs of Hooley at work in Congress and copies of speeches she made on subjects such as Women’s rights, Science and Trade.


Hooley, Darlene

Bush, George Walker (1946- )

Clinton, Bill (1946- )

Clinton, Hillary Rodham (1947- )

DeLay, Tom D. (1947- )

Greenspan, Alan (1926- )

Gingrich, Newt (1943- )

Gore, Albert (1948- )

Hastert, Dennis (1942- )

Huckleberry, Chris

Roberts, Julia (1967- )


Legislators – Oregon -- Archives

Oregon Health Sciences University

Oregon State University

Oregon. Dept. of Transportation

Portland State University

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce

United State -- Politics and government – 1996-2009

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science and Technology

United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Budget

University of Oregon

Western Oregon University Will on the Hill

Political Campaigns


Restrictions on Access

The majority of the papers are open to researchers. There are some files that are restricted.

Restrictions on Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.; For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.; Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.


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