Jim Hill

About the Author

Jim Hill was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1947, and raised there by his single mother. After growing up in the segregated South, he received a BA in economics from Michigan State University in 1969, an MBA from Indiana University in 1971, and a JD from Indiana University College of Law in 1974. 



1983 - 1987

Elected Member

Oregon House of Representatives

31st District

Elected Member

Oregon State

16th District

1987 - 1993

1993 - 2001

First African-American

Nominated to Statewide Office in Oregon as

25th State Treasurer

Attracted by Oregon’s progressive politics, Jim moved to Salem in 1974. There he raised a bi-racial daughter, Jennifer, and worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the Oregon Department of Justice. He went on to become an Oregon State Representative in 1983 and an Oregon State Senator in 1987.

Jim became the first person of color to be elected to a statewide office in Oregon, serving two terms as State Treasurer beginning in 1993. During his tenure in this position, he oversaw an improvement of the state’s bond rating and the creation of the Oregon Growth Account—an investment program exclusively dedicated to providing seed and venture capital dollars to Oregon businesses.




Co-Sponsoring the Establishment

of a Holiday to honor

Martin Luther King Jr.

Established the

Oregon Resource and Technology

Development Corporation

Introduction of the bill to allow

Oregon State Lottery funds

to enhance Oregon's economy

Creation of the

Oregon Growth Account—an investment program

dedicated to Oregon businesses

Worked to improve financial literacy

held the “Every Woman’s Money Conference” to provide women with the tools

they needed to succeed financially

Contributed to passing

The Anti-Apartheid Act

to end the system of apartheid

Meeting Mandela






Jim Hill