Peter Courtney (born June 18, 1943) is a Democratic member of the Oregon Senate, representing the 11th District (in Marion County and including parts of Salem, Keizer, and Gervais) since 1998. He is currently President of the Senate, serving since 2003. He was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives in 1981, 1983, and from 1989 through 1998.
An American attorney, he teaches at Western Oregon University.
Peter C. Courtney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 18, 1943. He grew up in Trenton, New Jersey, West Virginia, Rhode Island, and Virginia, the son of a life insurance agent. Both his parents earned college degrees, with his mother’s degree in Latin. In high school he played on the school’s football team. Courtney attended college at the University of Rhode Island where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1965 followed by a master’s in public administration the following year. He graduated from Boston University’s law school, and then moved to Oregon in 1969 to become the law clerk of William S. Fort of the Oregon Court of Appeals. Courtney arrived in Salem and stayed at the YMCA for two years.
Courtney's first political office was as a member