Vic Atiyeh, Former Oregon Governor, Dies At 91

Jul 21, 2014

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh has died at the age of 91. The two-term Republican passed away Sunday evening at a Portland hospital of complications from renal failure. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

Former Oregon governor Vic Atiyeh

Atiyeh served two terms as governor from 1979 until 1987. He became one of Oregon's most respected Republican political figures and relished his role as an elder statesman. Paul Phillips is a former Oregon legislator and long-time lobbyist in Salem who once served as an advisor to Atiyeh. He says politicians from both parties would do well to emulate the late Governor.

Phillips: "There was never any pretense about him. He didn't tell you one thing, saying look at this bright shiny object and try and go around the back door and do something else. He was a politician that everybody would be proud to be associated with."

After leaving office, Atiyeh never saw another Republican elected Oregon governor again. He stayed active in state politics until the end of his life. In March he endorsed Dennis Richardson, the latest Republican trying to relieve Atiyeh of his status as the last Oregon Republican governor.

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