Ted Wheeler was appointed State Treasurer by Governor Kulongoski after Ben Westlund’s death in 2010. He held the appointed position through the special election in November 2010. Wheeler was elected to serve the remainder of Westlund’s term in November 2010. His first term ends in January 2013. He is seeking re-election to a second term.
Wheeler was born on August 31,1962. He is a fifth generation Oregonian. His family has historical ties to rural Oregon, coastal communities, and timber towns throughout the state.
Wheeler attended public schools in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland. He earned his BA in Economics from Stanford University in 1985 went on to earn an MBA from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University. He taught college government courses for a time and was the author of the book “Government That Works: Innovation in State and Local Government” published by McFarland & Company.
Prior to his election to public office, Wheeler worked as a financial services industry executive for companies that included Bank of America and Copper Mountain Trust.
In 2006, Wheeler defeated incumbent Multnomah County chair Diane Linn to become chairman of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. On March 7, 2010, incumbent Oregon state treasurer Ben Westlund died of lung cancer. Two days later, Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Wheeler to fill Westlund’s seat. Wheeler won a special election in November 2010 to fill the rest of Westlund’s term. He is currently completing his first term and seeking re-election to a second term.
Ted enjoys being active in the community. For many years, he volunteered as an overnight shelter host at the Goose Hollow family shelter, and served on the board of Neighborhood House, Inc. He was the founder of the Walk for the Wildwood Trail, an outgrowth of Ted’s passion for hiking. A former Eagle Scout, Ted has a lifelong interest in the outdoors. He is a veteran of three expeditions to Mt. Everest, which he successfully summited in 2002. He was a rescuer with Portland Mountain Rescue for many years prior to entering public life. He snow-shoed to the North Pole with his wife Katrina, and twice completed the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii.
Katrina, Ted, and their daughter Quinnlan live in Southwest Portland.