Since 2012, Val Hoyle has served as the Majority Leader of the Oregon House, leading the Democratic Caucus through multiple successful legislative sessions and the 2014 mid-term elections. Under Val's leadership, Democrats in Oregon passed the largest K-12 schools budget in the state's history and helped small businesses have the tools they need to expand. She serves on the Board of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF), a prominent national group made up of legislative leaders from around the country.
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. She was a member and chairperson of the Board of the Federal District Export Council of Oregon and 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.
A longtime advocate for a quality education system, Val spent many years as a parent volunteer with Stand for Children, working to improve schools in Lane County and throughout Oregon.
She has represented House District 14, encompassing West Eugene, Junction City, and Cheshire, since 2009.
Val received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. She lives in West Eugene with her husband, Stephen, and their two dogs. Val's two children attend college in Oregon.
Awards and Recognition
Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Center Association 2014-Legislator of the Year
Friend of Nursing 2013-2014
Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council 2013- Legislator of the Year
Legislative Champion of the Year 2012 - Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Assoc.
Education Champion 2012 - Stand for Children Oregon
Friends of Nursing 2012 - Oregon Nurses Association
Best Friends of Oregon's Elders, 2012 - Leading Age Oregon
Legislator of the Year, 2011 - Oregon AFL-CIO
Legislator of the Year, 2011 - Oregon Hospital Association
Legislative Champion, 2011 - Oregon Dental Association
Newcomer to Watch, 2011 - Association for Oregon Industries
Legislative Champion for Seniors and People with Disabilities, 2011 - AARP/Oregon Health Care Association/ SEIU Local 503
Emerging Legislative Leader, 2011 - CFM Strategic Communications
Woman Trailblazer, 2011 - Emerge America
Rising Star, 2010 - Stand for Children, Oregon Chapter