Senior Partner Tobias Read is an experienced government official and provides creative, forward thinking solutions regarding policy making and regulatory affairs.
Tobias Read was first elected Oregon State Representative for District 27 in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008, 2010, and 2012.
Tobias is committed to working for Oregon’s success today and in the future. His forward thinking and practical style has marked his time in the Legislature. In 2007, with Tobias’s help, the Legislature returned to thinking and acting with the long run in mind by creating a state savings account, advancing a comprehensive environmental agenda, and updating the Bottle Bill.
As the Legislature dealt with a difficult economic climate, Tobias continued to focus on the long run. He played a key role in legislative efforts to protect education, improve access to healthcare, promote innovation in government and the private sector, and create new jobs statewide.
Tobias serves in leadership roles as the Majority Whip and the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development. He is also a member of a variety of committees and organizations including:
Past government experience includes working for two terms as an aide to former State Representative Bryan Johnston and service in Washington, D.C. as an aide to U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers during the Clinton Administration.
Outside of government, Tobias worked as a development officer for Willamette University, building partnerships with business and community leaders to find innovative solutions that strengthened both the community and University. As a product developer of kids’ footwear for Nike, Tobias helped one of Oregon’s only Fortune 500 Companies maintain its position as a world leader, bringing jobs and business home to Oregon.
Believing strongly in the importance of community involvement, Tobias has coached youth basketball, and volunteered at Greenway and Vose Elementary Schools with SMART (Start Making A Reader Today). He served as a member of the Willamette University Athletic Director’s Advisory Board, was a founding board member of Hoopla (Oregon’s largest three-on-three charity basketball tournament), volunteered with the Oregon Bus Project, and is a member of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, among other organizations.
Tobias earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and economics from Willamette University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington. He lives in Garden Home with his wife, Heidi Eggert, and their two young children.