Dr. Knute Buehler is a surgeon, small business owner, inventor, dog lover, husband, father and State Representative for Bend. Knute is an independent, reform-minded Republican seeking reelection to the Oregon House.Leading with an open mind, tolerant heart and thoughtful voice, Knute works across party lines and beyond the narrow labels that too often define politics today. For example, he forged a bipartisan agreement to provide Oregon women access to safe, over-the-counter birth control and passed a new law allowing terminal ill Oregonians access to experimental treatments. At the same time, he opposed the job-killing minimum wage hike and opposes the regressive $5 billion gross receipts tax increase.
In the aftermath of the Kitzhaber-Hayes public corruption scandal, Knute pushed through new legal protections for government whistleblowers while also voting to transition Oregon away from coal-burning energy in favor of renewable energy like wind, solar and biomass.
A native Oregonian, Knute grew up in Roseburg and earned a degree in microbiology from Oregon State University in 1986. At OSU, he played baseball and was the university’s first Rhodes Scholar. After attending Oxford University from 1988 to 1990, where he studied politics and economics, Knute earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1991.
As a surgeon, Knute has improved people’s lives, replacing more than 5,000 hips and knees. He helped build The Center, a patient-focused Orthopedic and Neurosurgery care facility in Bend that includes 40 medical providers and nearly 200 employees.
Knute is an inventor with products sold worldwide and medical consultant to a variety of public and private entities. He has published more than 20 scientific papers and book chapters and lectured extensively in the U.S. and internationally on the topics of medical research, product development and computer-assisted surgery.
As a civic leader, Knute sits on the board of directors for the Ford Family Foundation, one of the largest charitable organizations in the state. He also serves on the board of the Oregon State University Foundation and St. Charles Health System. He previously served on the budget committee for the Bend-La Pine School District and the boards of the High Desert Museum and OSU-Cascades Campus.
Elected to office in 2014, Knute served on the House Health Care and Housing and Human Services committees, along with being Vice-Chair of the Consumer Protection and Government Effectiveness committee. During his freshman legislative session, Bend’s Source Weekly praised Knute for his “independence” and The Oregonian rated him “top of the class” for bipartisanship in the Oregon Legislature. The Oregon Health Authority also named him a Health Equity Champion for his work on expanding access to birth control and the Oregon Nurses Association gave him the Rising Star award for his commitment to improving nursing practice and patient care. Re-elected to office in 2016, Knute currently serves on the House Health Care, House Revenue and Joint Ways and Means – Human Services Subcommittee.
While in medical school, Knute met Patty – his wife of 26 years. Patty is an eye surgeon in Bend. Patty and Knute have two grown children, Owen and Hannah, and two dogs, Winston and Lilly.
“Rep. Buehler is acting as a free agent, and as such truly representing Central Oregon in his first term in the Oregon House.”
– Bend Source Weekly
Rated “top of the class” for bipartisanship
– The Oregonian
2015 “Health Equity Champion”
– The Oregon Health Authority
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