Welcome!

I’m Alan Bates, and I’m running for State Senate to bring people together to find common sense solutions for Southern Oregon.

As your State Senator, I’ll help small businesses grow and get people back to work, increase school funding so we can reduce class sizes and restore lost school days, and make government work better for everyone. As a family physician, a former school board member and a state senator, I care deeply about Southern Oregon and I’ll work tirelessly to represent our priorities in the State Senate.

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Bates_Headshot_SquareDr. Alan Bates is an Oregon State Senator from Jackson County (District 3) serving Medford, Talent, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Applegate, Ruch and Ashland. He was first elected to the Senate in 2004 and had previously served in the State House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004.

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Dr. Lee Murdoch Endorses Sen. Alan Bates
My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Lee Murdoch. His advocacy for our community is remarkable - He was a pediatrician for 40 years and was Chief of Staff for Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.
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Donna Wallace HildebrandI would trust Dr. Lee Murdoch above pundits, special interest groups and politicians. He is a prince among men.13 hours ago   ·  12
Sandra SullivanThese are two of my favorite doctors who have saved many in the Rogue Valley!14 hours ago   ·  8
Anne YostMy children's pediatrician! So great to hear his support for Dr. Bates. Our family's two favorite doctors!12 hours ago   ·  4
Richard BodagerThis is great. Alan Bates has been there for Southern Oregon in the past and will continue to in the future.12 hours ago   ·  4
Patricia ZolineIt's great seeing Dr.Murdoch in support of Alan Bates. Dr.Murdoch was the pediatrician for both my children. He's a paragon of integrity and intelligence. He and Dr.Bates are both people who can be trusted.12 hours ago   ·  3
Russ BohallAlready voted for Dr. Bates. Great to see my childhood pediatrician supporting him. Good stuff.12 hours ago   ·  3
Sonja RuffHe was my Doc!!13 hours ago   ·  2
Diane MeedsHe was a great doctor for my kids!!9 hours ago   ·  1
Clarissa ShowersHe saved my life when I was twelve, my personal hero :)11 hours ago   ·  1
Vicki Huffman WilliamsonI was blessed to have both Dr Bates and Dr Murdock treat me and my daughter. They are wonderful doctors and people!11 hours ago   ·  1
Stuart HillThere is no question as to the integrity you will get from Dr. Bates. You would not find a better individual to look out for our best interests. 12 hours ago   ·  1
Christian RoybalStacy Wonders Is this my doctor?4 hours ago
Jason KruggelHe was my brother and my doctor as well... great guy and a great doc.6 hours ago
Tyler LindseyKathy Lindsey look who it is6 hours ago
Teresa Lytle TesterDr Murdoch delivered my Sister 45 years ago next Wednesday6 hours ago
Andres MedcalfIs he the one the that is for measure 917 hours ago
Amy Melissa TarboxDr Murdoch was my doctor when I was a kid7 hours ago
Paula Paulson BagleyMy 2 favorite Docs..,,..Dr Murdoch took great care of my kids when they were little & Dr Bates takes care of all of now9 hours ago
Susan GuiderDr Murdoch took care of all 4 of my children, and my son who was ADHD. It was a challenge but he always had my back. God I love Dr Murdoch!!!9 hours ago
Laura Jane HanscomI agree..Dr. Murdoch was my kids dr. Too and I just loved him! And so did the kids! He made it so they were never scared but wanted to come see him. It was good to see him!9 hours ago

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Don't be Fooled by Negative Ads
How you run your campaign, reflects how you will serve. I am proud of my campaign.
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7 days ago

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Eva SkuratowiczI am so dismayed by the negative mailer ads sent to our house by your opponent. I was also the recipient of a phone "survey" that ended up being a series of negative attacks on your candidacy. Thank you for keeping your campaign positive.7 days ago   ·  42
Jessica Jeeninga-FosterI just said to my husband... "Dr. Bates doesn't have to stretch the truth about his opponents and use negative adds to win votes. He IS his campaign!!" :)7 days ago   ·  36
Sabena VaughanI have been upset for days that I had to explain to some of my young children about, "the crying lady" on one of the mailers they pulled out of our mailbox. One of the fun and innocent things the younger children like to do is walk with me down our long driveway to get the mail out of our mailbox. It's like getting a present every day, because you never know what will be in there. A few days ago, a photo of a woman who was crying, and was intended to be the victim of domestic abuse, showed up in our mailbox as a political attack advertisement from Alan Bates opponent. I spent the next hour trying to explain that to my three youngest children. My children were very upset about that photo, and were traumatized, and exposed to something we were unprepared to explain about on the spot. I'm very angry about that. Being a Marine Corps Veteran myself, I am also disappointed in the lack of integrity that is being displayed in your opponents choice to run not only a negative campaign, but a dishonest one as well. You have our votes, in this household, Senator Bates.6 days ago   ·  7
Doug PetersonI have met the man, talked with him personally, and heard him speak about climate and economic issues. As few truly fine politicians as there are to support these days Oregon State Senator- Alan Bates is definitely one of them. If Dave Doetterer LIES to the people to get elected, imagine how he will act if elected...5 days ago   ·  6
Matthew MooreAlan Bates [√] Stepping across party lines to accomplish what is best for his constituents is what Sen. Bates does. He never was one to play "politics" or the game of "you scratch my back.." He goes for what he knows is right both for and BY his supporters and that is one reason why some Dotter(ing) fellow feels the need to attack the good Senator on a personal basis instead of being both a gentleman and a a senatorial electee. Alan is right: how you conduct your campaign is how you will conduct yourself. Want proof? You need look no further than to the rubbish Obama pulled - twice! - in his campaign. The choice is clear. Re-elect Alan Bates as Senator.7 days ago   ·  10
Jason AndrestDoc Bates, your "opponents" campaign is a joke. I hope that the people can see though his BS.7 days ago   ·  9
Alan S. BerlinI'm proud of Alan's campaign and proud to be represented by Alan in the Oregon Senate.6 days ago   ·  7
Philippa Anne MacfarlaneThank you Dr. Bates for all you have done for Oregon and the Rogue Valley throughout your tenure as Senator for Oregon. I was so happy to read the endorsement for you in the Mail Tribune. It's sad to see your opponent's negative campaign which blatantly presents untruths and distortions relecting his insecurity. Not someone who could make positive decisions, or wisely serve the people in planning for Oregon's future.6 days ago   ·  6
Linda WilowbMr. Bates i am voting for you because anyone who only see black and white says many things and not all good! ...and when i hear "Dave Dotterrer is tough on this and tough on that and he even approved harsher penalties for Sex Offenders and he doesn't let things happen to him he makes them happen"...some louzy line like that...nope! that tells me he is too ignorant to do his own homework because NOT every situation is the same! yeah i don't like violent predators but realistically... the Sex Offender bucket is ONE Big pot everyone gets thrown into, including some minor offenses...(oh, you got hot and heavy with your GF in your car but it happened to be in a school zone...WELL, YOURE A SEX OFFENDER NOW; oh, you got caught peeing in public....WELL YOURE A SEX OFFENDER NOW; oh, you and your GF of a year just broke up and she is hurt and accusing you of something, and you just happened to turn 18 2 weeks ago...WELL YOURE A SEX OFFENDER NOW...) That is BS and i think people need to delve into this subject and begin a new system! DONT BE SCARED! DONT BE CORRUPT! DONT TURN A BLIND EYE BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE IN THE DOC feel its too big of a task and dont want to lazy to do some real work, use their brain to put some value into their job, actually find a way to restructure! this nauseates me and i hope you have the decency to do something worth while in your term while you're alive - something you can actually be remembered by! (I am a mom of 4 and I voted for measure 11 thinking it would keep my kids safe but Im ashamed to say I did, because I have seen too many get broken by this - ITS TRUE, THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS/FINE PRINT! There's so many things they DONT tell you about the measures and what written into them, which they bank on you not reading or understanding.)5 days ago   ·  4
Terri Austin HurdAnyone who cares about children, works with children, loves children, HAS children, should be ashamed of themselves for supporting hate strategies and using children to further their cause. 😔5 days ago   ·  4
Watha McLain DubonnetTo your credit you are not putting little girls in television ads and scripting them to say things that have an impact upon their psyches and those of children who are viewing such tripe. I am voting for you Dr. Bates!!!5 days ago   ·  4
Dawn HuttlThis is a man who is there for the people not the democratic party. He listens to us and continues to fight for the things that are important to us. I thank God for people like him.6 days ago   ·  4
Lisa Adams Rainey NorthI am a republican & I refuse to vote for Dotterer. His entire campaign has been nothing but bashing. I will also forego my other moral convictions & not vote for him, because his education ideas will destroy Oregon schools!6 days ago   ·  4
Stacie SkinnerNo worries DR. B!! You are far and above one of THE BEST Senator's we have ever had! AND THE BEST DR. IN OREGON♡5 days ago   ·  3
Dorothy KuykendallThank you for being positive.5 days ago   ·  3
Penny ColvinI am so opposed to those kinds of negative ads that I would not vote for anyone who employed them. I'm happy to be able to vote for Alan.5 days ago   ·  3
George KramerYou have my support, Senator. I appreciate your balanced approach AND the tone of your candidacy. Thank you!6 days ago   ·  3
Liz ToyAnd you should be proud of the Mail Tribune endorsement!6 days ago   ·  3
Jean Hollowell KeenI decided several years ago that I would not vote for anyone who runs a negative campaign. I am proud of you for the way you are running your campaign...you stick to the issues, and that's what I want to know about! And for what it's worth, I'm a registered Republican, but I believe in voting for the person whom I think will do the best job, regardless of party affiliation. You've always been a sensitive and caring doctor to my family; and you've always been sensitive and caring to the people of Southern Oregon...you have a lot of class!6 days ago   ·  3
Jim FritzBates opponent apparently does not recognize the difference between causation and correlation. If he is truly ignorant of this he is incompetent and if he knows and chooses to claim correlation is causation then he is blatantly dishonest and dishonors the military traditions he claims. Either way, he is unfit to represent us as state senator.6 days ago   ·  3
Art MillsMy wife and I are delighted to support Alan Bates. He is a man of integrity who is committed to the well being of Oregon citizens. His campaign has been straight forward and truthful. We're fortunate to have him as our State Senator!7 days ago   ·  3
Vella MunnI'm proud to have you as my mother's doctor. I first met you when my mother in law was dying. You came to the house the day before she died to help us understand the journey she was on.7 days ago   ·  3
Linda GenawThank you for your positive campaign, not mud slinging just the facts man!3 days ago   ·  2
Melissa DukesYour opponent is nothing but negative campaigning you! Keep doing what you are doing Al!5 days ago   ·  2
Laurie BadenBig money hate and attack mailings sent with no authorizations or identification= outside money, in my opinion. They are testimony to what a good job you are doing for Oregonians, Senator Bates, because they want to get you out. Your aim is true and that's why I just voted for you!6 days ago   ·  2

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Mark Wisnovsky Endorses Sen. Alan Bates
Thank you Mark Wisnovsky for your support. The growing wine industry in Oregon provides thousands of jobs and contributes billions of dollars to our economy. I will continue to stand up for small businesses like yours.
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Jason JexHow did you vote on HB 2902?1 week ago   ·  1
Mark WisnovskyI am honored to call Dr. Bates a friend and an honest, hard working, effective representative for all of us who live in Southern Oregon.2 weeks ago   ·  23
Ann MagillSenator Bates has helped so many--farmers, small businesses, folks receiving and providing health care, students in our public schools and alternative settings, those striving to improve the economy by providing education for our workforce, the ability to listen to our needs and concerns and to work with the legislature to make the best decisions based on sound research and judgment. Who can ask for more?2 weeks ago   ·  8
Jolie JohnsonI feel blessed to be represented by Dr. Bates. He has positively impacted so many people and businesses in our region.1 week ago   ·  2
Julie LockhartDr. Alan Bates also stands up for small nonprofits helping people lead healthier lives. Thanks for taking the time to help WinterSpring!2 weeks ago   ·  2
Mary Huber-HamiltonHe is a great dr. too.1 week ago   ·  1
Lori HarmsAwesome man! Did a house call for my grandpa since he wouldnt get out of bed.1 week ago   ·  1
Carol DotyMy thanks to Mark for this wonderful ad.1 week ago   ·  1
Daniel F. KellingtonVery nice Alan and Mark. You have our vote Alan.Dan and Sharon... :-)1 week ago   ·  1
Ron Stranahan Sr.My vote is yours. We need you in Salem.1 week ago
Glenn WoodburyDr. Bates delivered your aunt Kelci and Uncle Kyle...1 week ago
Karen StarchvickNice endorsement by Mark Wisnovsky, thanks Mark for doing this!1 week ago
Darlene DubellHe was my doctor years ago I do surprised bates2 weeks ago
Shirley Simmons RadkaI am grateful that Dr. Bates cares about the little people and I feel blessed to have him as my Dr.2 weeks ago

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Kate Kennedy Endorses Senator Alan Bates
Thank you to science teacher, Kate Kennedy, for your endorsement. I am humbled by the outpouring support from teachers like you and am very grateful to live in a community that values education so highly.
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Janet Roller-lyonSo where does Alan Bates stand on this "common core'? A lot of us need to know before we vote.2 weeks ago
Karen StarchvickSenator Bates, you get an A!!! Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of children in Jackson County and statewide.2 weeks ago   ·  16
Ann MagillKate Kennedy, Ashland HS science/physics teacher, is among the most respected educators i've ever worked with in my 26 years in education. Her endorsement means a lot!2 weeks ago   ·  14
Tyler JohnsonOne of my favorite teachers all time! Love you Kate!2 weeks ago   ·  1
Shiena PolehnWe've been lucky to have Alan Bates as our state senator all these years, and it will be a pleasure to vote for him yet again. I approve of his work on health care and education. I'll spread the word - Shiena Polehn, Medford.2 weeks ago   ·  3
Clancy RoneI have great respect for Alan Bates, whom I first met years ago when one of his sons was in my high school English class. I truly appreciate his commitment, both to running a positive campaign and to continuing to provide sensible leadership to our state.2 weeks ago   ·  3
Wallace BridgeWe hope you'll make a difference - yay!!2 weeks ago   ·  3
Amy Warnick AmrheinThank you Kate for teaching Advanced Physics! You extended yourself to extend education for our children and it made a huge impact. Senator Alan Bates ROCKS. There will never be another legislator who understands K-12 needs as well. Wonderful endorsement. Kudos all around.2 weeks ago   ·  2
Stuart HillI want to thank you for your time and dedication to helping us and improving our state. Thank you for being a man of integrity, and not being bought and paid for like so many other politicians. My hats off to you.2 weeks ago   ·  2
Nikki Thommen BinghamThe Common Core, in its present form, is a disaster for education. Mike Cobb, if you think the money being spent on education isn't working, it's not because teachers unions are pushing for its misappropriation: it's because the mandates that are handed down from the national level are both irrational and pushed by lobbies from "education" companies like Pearson. Senator Bates is a counterbalance to the irrationality of those mandates, and with his keen ear and willingness to stand up for teaching, can (and I believe will) continue to make education something that is accessible to ALL of Southern Oregon's students.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Ryan NavickasMs. Kennedy was one of my most inspiring teachers as a student at Ashland High School 20 years ago. Thanks Ms. Kennedy for capturing my interest in science and mathematics and thanks for standing up for education.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Anne YostAlright Kate!! Thank you teachers...from a teacher! Thank you Alan Bates!!!2 weeks ago   ·  1
Cindy McMurphyThank you senator bates you are awesome with my vote2 weeks ago   ·  1
Granger NullIs HE Pro Cannabis?2 weeks ago
Rebecca SandovalI know that Senator Bates cares deeply about lifting up all of our people of all ages. He is a true champion of the people. I am so proud that he is my State Senator. It is always a pleasure to visit his office on lobby days. He is open and receptive to the causes that we care so deeply about. I can tell he does what he does cause he wants to make the world a better place, and it really is because of him!2 weeks ago
Jim FritzUNLIKE most people in political office, Sen/DR. Bates is beyond reproach and MY SENATOR!2 weeks ago
Krishna GokulHe is gem of a person2 weeks ago
Valrae SiebrechtThank You for all your hard work..God Bless.2 weeks ago
Mark Robertsdoes kate now how to isolate a u235 neutron for use as a projectile?2 weeks ago
Leslie Ritner-BogueAlan Bates is a man that is true to his word. Kate you get this because you are so similar. Nice presentation by you. Thanks for informing people about the importance of public education. Both of you are part of the soul of Southern Oregon's Education Program. Thanks so much for all that you do.2 weeks ago
Thomas SmithDr. Bates needs to be in Salem to continue fine tuning the health care programs that the people of Oregon so desperately need.2 weeks ago
Aaron BreswickOne of my all time favorite teachers! Best science class ever!2 weeks ago
Chris ChurchHe has my vote!!!2 weeks ago
Kate KahnWell done Kate. Looking good too! It amazes me that people don't get "education." Hope you've help. XX2 weeks ago

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