Oregon's a small world: Politics and vetting veterinarians
Oregon is a small state, prone to odd intersections of political lives. To wit:
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Canby, would have to apply for a new veterinarian's license from a state board led by the wife of the candidate who defeated him in the May primary.
State records show that Walter Schrader — the congressman goes by his middle name, Kurt — received a state veterinary license in 1977. Elected to Congress in 2008, Schrader has served as chair of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus.
But state records show that after 42 years, Schrader allowed his license to lapse in December 2019.
Schrader lost the May 17 Democratic primary to Terrebonne attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner.
If Schrader wanted to resume his practice after he leaves office in January, he'd apply for a new license from the Oregon Veterinary Medicine Examining Board.
The board's interim executive director since December 2020 is Cass McLeod-Skinner. She's Jamie's wife.
Cass McLeod-Skinner is also the executive director of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners. She stepped into the additional work of leading the veterinary board after the previous executive director, Lori Maakinen, retired in December 2020.
State records show Cass McLeod-Skinner has a base pay of $119,899 and earned total compensation in the 2021 fiscal year of $120,109.
Gov. Kate Brown announced she plans to fill the veterinary board commission job and was accepting applications until the end of June. No announcement has been made on an appointment.
Schrader is paid $174,000 per year as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Starting next year, the paycheck will go to either Jamie McLeod-Skinner or Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer, depending on the outcome of the November election.
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