Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer has spent the last two decades volunteering for the betterment of Happy Valley and the region. Representing the fastest growing city in the state, she ensures the needs of her community are prioritized above partisan politics.
Lori graduated with a degree in business from California State University, Fresno, and then worked to support her husband Shawn while he attended medical school. Lori has been married to her high school sweetheart Dr. Shawn DeRemer for over 25 years. They are co-founders of Anesthesia Associates Northwest, LLC, and Oregon based Anesthesia Management firm. Shawn and Lori have twin daughters who graduated who graduated last spring. Emilie graduated from Oregon State and will be pursuing a law degree at Michigan State. Annie graduated from Arizona State and is now back in Happy Valley as a public school teacher at Spring Mountain Elementary.
Her career as a public servant began in 2002, when she was appointed to the Happy Valley Parks committee to support the Happy Valley 4th of July Festival. Eventually, she was elected to the Happy Valley City Council where she served as the council president and was elected the Mayor of Happy Valley in 2010 and 2014, a position she still holds. Recently, Lori was the Republican and Independent nominee for state representative in house district 51. The race became the most hotly contested house seat in Oregon, where Lori closed the registration gap to merely one point.
Under Lori’s leadership, the council pushed for sound fiscal policies, balancing budgets and building reserves, all while protecting essential services at the one of the lowest tax rates in the state. As the mayor, the Happy Valley City Council paid off the new city hall 10 years early, saving taxpayers almost $900,000 in interest payments. The city has balanced the budget every year and put $2.5 million in reserves. She also pushed to streamline regulations and lead efforts to protect Happy Valley’s thriving small businesses. With a rise in regional crime, keeping families safe was one of the Mayor’s major priorities. Recently, Lori backed her words by ensuring a properly staffed, equipped, and dedicated police force that answers to over 3,000 calls a year.
Lori has been very involved in the community through numerous organizations including the Happy Valley Business Alliance, North Clackamas Chamber -Public Policy, Clackamas County Business Alliance, Clackamas Community College Bond Campaign, Friends of Happy Valley Police Levy Campaign, and Clackamas Rotary.