- Jim Feldkamp
Jim Feldkamp is an American conservative politician. A Republican, he was a candidate for the
United States House of Representativesin Oregon's 4th congressional districtin 2004 and 2006. Both times, Feldkamp was defeated by long-time incumbent Peter DeFazio.
Feldkamp was born in May 1963 in
Roseburg, Oregonto Barton and Phyllis Feldkamp, owners of Umpqua Dairy. The Feldkamp family is influential in southern Oregon. In addition to Feldkamp's mother and grandfather who were first citizens of Roseburg, his brother Steve Feldkamp sits on the board of Wildlife Safariand is vice president of Umpqua Dairy, while brother Doug Feldkamp is president of Umpqua Dairy, a director of Oregon Pacific Bancorp, a commissioner of the Roseburg Public Works Commission, and the Douglas County Planning Commission.
After graduating from high school, Jim left Roseburg in 1981 to attend
Linfield College. A running back, Feldkamp played for Linfield in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athleticsnational championship team in 1982. He went on to receive a bachelor's degreein business from Oregon State University, a master's degreein International Affairs from The Catholic University of America, and to graduate from the FBI Academy. He is president of Feldkamp and Associates and an adjunct professor at Umpqua Community Collegeand Lane Community College.
Following his graduation from Oregon State University, Feldkamp served in U.S. Navy from 1987-1998. As a naval navigator on A-6E Intruder fighter jets, Feldkamp served in various locations including Operation Desert Storm, where he flew over 30 combat missions, and in
Japan. He currently serves as a commander in the United States Navy Reserveand a member of the Naval War College Foundation.
After retiring from the military, Feldkamp became an
Federal Bureau of InvestigationSpecial Agent. From 1999 to 2003, he worked in Norfolk, Virginiaon counterintelligence and counterterrorism. In 2003, he returned to Oregon to run for congress.
Feldkamp is a member of the
National Rifle Association, Veterans of Foreign Warsand is an Eagle Scout. [cite web|url=http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/nov22004/guide/cand/feldk_j.html|title=Representative in Congress Jim Feldkamp Republican|accessdate=2008-03-26] Feldkamp has one child.
In September 2007, Feldkamp was recalled to active duty in the Navy and will serve on a terrorist-related task force in
Washington, D.C.[cite news |last=Hering |first=Hasso |title=New job for Feldkamp |url=http://www.dhonline.com/articles/2007/09/24/news/local/7loc07_feldkamp.txt |publisher=" Albany Democrat-Herald" |date= September 24 2007|accessdate=2007-09-29]
In 2003, Feldkamp returned to Oregon to run for the Republican nomination for the
United States House of Representativesfor ushr|Oregon|1.
Feldkamp ran on a conservative platform. Feldkamp supports
George W Bush, the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act, and tax cuts for all. Feldkamp advocates mixed stands on social issues. He endorses legal abortionas under Roe v. Wade, with limitations including parental notification, [http://www.registerguard.com/news/2006/10/10/c1.cr.debate.1010.p1.php?section=cityregion The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA ] ] and civil union for same sex partners. He opposed medical marijuana, federal funding of abortion, gay marriage, adoption by gay partners, and has said "Humane Society of the United States an "extreme" organization dedicated to outlawing hunting."
Feldkamp is an advocate for many logging interests. He favors making changes to local laws to revive clear-cut logging in
old growthforests, and changes in the Clean Water Act. [http://www.jimfeldkamp.com/archive/newsView.php?contentID=50] He supports "selling lands managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management back to the counties." [ [http://www.oregonnews.com/article/20061010/NEWS/61009032&SearchID=73260819238432 newsreview.info - Serving Roseburg & Douglas County, Oregon - News ] ] Timber and logging interests contributed heavily to the Feldkamp campaign.Fact|date=January 2008
In the November 2004 contest,
Peter DeFazioearned 60% of the vote to Jim Feldkamp's 39%. Feldkamp easily won the May 2006 Republican nomination. In the November 2006 election, Feldkamp was again defeated by DeFazio, who earned 62% of the vote to Feldkamp's 38%. [http://egov.sos.state.or.us/division/elections/results/2006_G100_301_305.htm]
June 28, 2004, Feldkamp traveled to Silicon Valley, California without reporting the trip's costs as campaign expenses; Feldkamp claimed that the trip was personal in nature, but agreed to amend his expense reports to include the trip and to pay a $300 fine as part of a negotiated settlement. [http://eqs.sdrdc.com/eqsdocs/00004E50.pdf] In the same year, Feldkamp agreed to pay another fine, of $1,000, for not reporting $13,500 in contributions received prior to the commencement of the campaign; he attributed the non-reporting as being due to errors by inexperienced staff. [http://eqs.sdrdc.com/eqsdocs/000036E4.pdf]
Feldkamp has since accepted $10,000 from
Americans for a Republican Majority, a political action committeecontrolled by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. After Delay was charged with money laundering, Feldkamp declined to return the money, citing the fact that Delay had not been convicted of a crime. [ [http://www.kgw.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D8E6M1VG1.html AP Wire - Oregon | kgw.com | News for Oregon and SW Washington ] ]
More recently, Feldkamp has come under scrutiny for a personal loan to his campaign. According to a filing with the Secretary of State, Feldkamp loaned $77,500 to his campaign, despite having reported personal assets and income that would have made such a loan impossible. [cite news
title=Feldkamp faces new election complaint
date=May 23, 2006
* Federal Elections Commission Case 201 [http://eqs.nictusa.com/eqsdocs/000036E4.pdf]
* Federal Elections Commission Case 265 [http://eqs.nictusa.com/eqsdocs/00004E50.pdf]
* Federal Elections Commission Complains Against Feldkamp [http://eqs.nictusa.com/eqsdocs/000036DD.pdf]
*Feldkamp Faces New Election Complaint [http://www.registerguard.com/news/2006/03/23/d2.cr.feldkampfec.0323.p1.php?section=cityregion]
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