About Val

A proud Democrat, Val Hoyle learned the value of public service from the example set by her own parents and grandparents. She was taught that you should strive to leave things a little better than you found them, work hard for every opportunity and hold the ladder to give the next person the opportunity to climb.

In 1999, Val and her husband, Stephen, came to Oregon with their two young children. They were drawn by both the quality of life Oregon offered and the strong reputation of the local school district.

Once settled in West Eugene, Val realized that her daughter’s local school needed help. She stepped up to be a voice for Oregon’s students.

In 2009, Val was ready to take on an even greater role to help her community so she ran for State Representative. In the 2010 election, as the Oregon House Democrats lost 6 seats, Val was the only new Democrat to win a legislative race in Oregon.

In 2012, Val’s hard work and leadership on key issues was recognized when she was chosen by her caucus to serve as the House Majority Leader.

In Salem, Val Hoyle has led the effort to put a ballot in the hands of 300,000 more eligible voters. Now, Oregon has one of the most progressive voter registration laws in the nation. No one will fight harder to make sure every voice is heard and every vote is counted in our state.

Val has also championed efforts to increase funding for our public schools, colleges and universities, to safeguard Oregon’s natural environment, to protect the rights of working people and to ensure a woman’s right to reproductive health care services.

In addition to her public service in the State House, Val has more than 25 years of private sector business experience in domestic and international sales, wholesale distribution, and retail management in the sporting goods industry. Val served as chairperson of the Board of the Federal District Export Council of Oregon and as a member of the Outdoor Industry Women's Coalition. She is also a founding member of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce's International Trade Roundtable.

Val and her husband continue to live in West Eugene with their two dogs. Their two children, Aidan and Deirdre, both attend college in Oregon.


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15 years ago I was visiting a customer at a bike shop in Brixton (London) when a mechanic came out of the back and said that a plane had hit the WTC. We all just stood there shocked and confused about what happened not knowing if it was an accident or intentional. As soon as we heard that a second plane hit, the horror of what happened sunk in. We all had family and friends in NYC and I knew that my friends and family members that were fire fighters were likely there. We were evacuated out of the part of London that we were in as fear of other attacks spread. I sat in my hotel that night, thinking about the people still in the Trade Center and their family members who would be waiting for a call.

I had to get on a plane the next day to go from London to Cologne for a bike show and still hadn't heard from my cousin Bill, knowing he was probably there. It was such a difficult flight, I cried quietly for most of the flight. Bill finally emailed to say he was OK and how eerie it was to walk by his window and not see the towers. He would spend many more weeks trying to recover the remains of innocent victims and his brothers in the department. We were lucky, so many other families never got to see their loved ones again. My mother had a stack of obituaries a half an inch thick from the Park Slope (Brooklyn) newspaper, sons of people she grew up with who followed their fathers into the police or fire service. Brooklyn was disproportionately hit on that day.

I just wanted to go home to be with my husband and children but all flights were cancelled, it would be another week before any of us could leave. I remember the kindness of the everyone in the bike industry, people would ask if I was American and would express how sorry they were. Strangers asked if I needed a place to stay (hotels were filled up because no one could leave and flights were being sent back). It was heartbreaking and yet refreshing to know that terrorists couldn't take away our humanity.

As the daughter/niece/cousin of firefighters and police officers, those who ran into the building as others were running out, who saved so many lives that day and every day, I will never forget how grateful I am to those men and women who put their lives on the line every day. Today we remember those 2977 people who lost their lives on 9/11, every day we should remember that 411 were first responders. 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and 8 emergency medical technicians. #NeverForget ... See MoreSee Less

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