Les AuCoin is a writer and author, a retired nine-term U.S. congressman from Oregon, a former university professor of government, and now a kicked back devotee of the wild outdoors (the intrinsic logic of which surpasses all the stuff he had dealt with in DC). He was the first Democrat in Oregon history to win in its First Congressional District (it has remained in Democratic hands ever since). His congressional service is the sixth-longest in Oregon history.
When AuCoin left the Congress in 1993, he was dean of the Oregon House delegation, a Democratic majority whip-at-large, an official congressional observer at the Geneva Strategic Arms Reduction Talks, and a veteran member of the House Appropriations Committee.
He is a visiting lecturer at Southern Oregon University and the Maxwell School of Government at Syracuse University, a corporate director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and, by appointment of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a former adviser to the Pentagon’s Joint Forces Command. He has authored and co-authored numerous essays, book reviews and books, including Wildfire: 100 Years Of Failed Forest Service Management (Island Press, 2006) and Inalienable Rights, Fundamental Freedoms: A U.N. Agenda for Advancing Human Rights in the World Community (United Nations Association-USA, 1996).
In this occasional blog, AuCoin comments on politics and current events. For a full biography, go to his Wikipedia biography.