A native Oregonian, former U.S. Rep. Les AuCoin represented the state’s First District for 18 years, serving as dean of Oregon’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. At the time of his retirement in 1993, he was 85th in seniority in the House of Representatives.
From 1998 to 2004, Mr. AuCoin was the Glenn Jackson Visiting Professor of Government and Business Ethics at SOU. During that time he was named Outstanding Professor by the SOU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society for public colleges and universities in the United States. He has also been a lecturer at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and his alma mater, Pacific University, in Forest Grove Oregon. He is a popular speaker in the Congress to Campus Program of the U.S. Former Members of Congress Association. The program sends two former congresspersons, a Republican and a Democrat, to college campuses to spend two days teaching students about the federal legislative process.
A former president and CEO of the Oregon Health Sciences Foundation in Portland, Oregon, and assistant to the president for public information at Pacific University, Mr. AuCoin was acting president of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial in Washington, D.C. He has served on the governing boards of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, the Pacific University Board of Trustees (Vice Chair), Teton Heritage Builders, Inc., of Jackson, Wyoming, the Oregon Water Trust, an advisory committee of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Bozeman (MT) Symphony Society, and the advisory board of the Trust for Public Land’s Northern Rockies region.
He is a 1960 graduate of Redmond (Oregon) High School, a U.S. Army veteran, and a 1968 graduate of Pacific University in journalism and political science. In retirement, he is the author of two books and numerous articles and essays in national publications.