Kim Thatcher has a rare combination of grit and grace. She ran for the legislature because many of her friends, family, and people in the community were not happy with the way state government was run, especially when it was hurting small businesses.

At the Oregon State Capitol Kim has earned the reputation for being a strong taxpayer watchdog and advocate for government accountability. She has also been a leader in both the effort to bring sensible immigration policies to our state as well as protecting our Second Amendment rights. Above all else, she has a deep conviction in protecting both the Federal and State Constitutions.

Kim is the owner of two small companies that specialize in the road construction industry. She is the mother of four, grandmother of five, and adoptive mom to three cats and three dogs. For over 30 years, she has been happily married to Karl. She loves to fly small Cessnas when she gets the chance. She has been granted permission by the FAA to fly into clouds, she prefers the beautiful, clear, blue sky days that Oregon can get.


Legislative Experience

  • House Business and Labor Committee, member 2013
  • House Consumer Protection and Government Efficiency, member 2013
  • House Rural Communities (Formerly Land Use), member 2013
  • Join Legislative Committee on Audits, Information Management & Technology, member 2013
  • Joint Legislative Committee on Audits, Information Management & Technology, Co-Chair 2011
  • Joint Committee on Ways & Means,  Member 2011-2012
  • Joint Committee on Ways & Means Human Services Subcommittee, Co-Vice Chair 2011
  • State & Local Government Efficiency Task Force, Appointed 2011-2012
  • Transparency Oregon Advisory Commission, Appointed 2009-present
  • Electronic Portal Advisory Board, Appointed 2010-present
  • Help America Vote Act (HAVA) state steering committee
  • House Business and Labor Committee, Member 2009-2010
  • House Education Committee, Member 2009-2010
  • House Sustainability and Economic Development Committee, Member 2009-2010
  • House Committee on Government Accountability & Information Technology, Member 2007-2009
  • House Elections Ethics and Rules Committee, Member 2005-2009
  • House Elections and Rules Committee, Vice-Chair 2005
  • House Interim Economic Development Committee, Member 2005-2006
  • House Interim Real Estate Agency Oversight Committee, Member 2005-2006
  • House Transportation Committee, Member 2005
  • House Judiciary Committee, Member 2005
  • Senate Workforce Committee 2015 - 2016
  • American Legislative Exchange Council, Member 2004-present
  • National Conference of State Legislatures, Member 2005-present
  • National Coalition of State Legislators for Legal Immigration, Co-Founder 2007
  • Oregon Commission for Women, Appointed 2005-2009

Current Committees



  • SMART – Start Making a Reader Today, volunteer reader, 2006-2010
  • Barbara Roberts High School Mentor Program, 2006-2007
  • Church volunteer in various capacities since 1982 including, but not limited to, assistant librarian, Sunday School teacher, Pianist, Family
  • Services volunteer (assisting with adoptive placements), Emergency Preparedness / Provident Living specialist


  • Married to Karl Thatcher 29 years                                                               
  • Four children
  • Five grandchildren
  • Three dogs
  • Three cats
  • Instrument-Rated Certified Pilot, Single-engine Airplane
  • Hobbies include reading, playing piano, and travel