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Darlene Hooley Oral History Interview. February 3, 2014

Darlene Hooley Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.

February 3, 2014

Location:  Hooley residence, Portland, Oregon.

Darlene Hooley (b. 1939) graduated from Oregon State University in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. After fourteen years as a high school teacher, Hooley entered the political arena, first as a member of the West Linn city council, followed by stints in the Oregon legislature and on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. In 1996 she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon's fifth district. She served for six terms, retiring from political life in 2008. Her interview focuses on her upbringing, her college years, her transition into public service and her experiences in Washington, D.C.