One of Oregon's best-known public policy servants and spokespersons, Kerry Tymchuk, is leaving politics to become a corporate communications advisor at CFM. Please see "Welcome to Kerry" video below.
Tymchuk, who will be a CFM Principal, started today and is based in the firm’s Portland office. He will work in expanding CFM's corporate reputation management and issues management practices.
He served as state director for U.S. Senator Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) from 1997 to earlier this year. He also has a notable career as speechwriter and co-author of several books, such as the autobiography of Bob and Elizabeth Dole, as well as the autobiography of Columbia Sportswear’s Gert Boyle.
But he may be most proud of his successes on TV game show “Jeopardy!” where he was a four-time champion.
Tymchuk’s reputation as an astute and even-handed public servant, who worked hard for constituents, was chronicled in a 2004 article in the Portland Tribune written by Don Hamilton, who quoted Bob Dole: “He’s a proud Republican, but he doesn’t go around beating up people,” Dole said. “He deals with independents, Democrats, Republicans. If he can help somebody do something, he doesn’t check their party registration.”
The same article quoted U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who praised Tymchuk’s work for such bipartisan projects as light rail and renovating the Pioneer Courthouse.
Two Oregon Governors appointed Tymchuk to high-level state commissions. Governor John Kitzhaber appointed him to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. With the appointment of Governor Ted Kulongoski, Kerry served from 2003-2006 as Chairman of the Oregon State Lottery Commission.
He is a native of Reedsport, Oregon, a 1981 graduate of Willamette University and a 1984 graduate of Willamette University School of Law.
Says former Senator Smith: “Kerry Tymchuk knows Oregon better than anyone I’ve ever seen – its history and culture, its people and politics, its ways and workings. He’s at home among Pendleton wheat farmers, coastal fishermen, Roseburg loggers and in Portland boardrooms. He is a friend to all and anywhere I went in the four corners of our state, Oregonians of all political parties would thank me for the service of Kerry Tymchuk.”
Headquartered in Portland, CFM provides public affairs, public relations and research services. The firm has been recognized by its peers with more than 100 local and national public relations awards. CFM also has offices in Salem, Oregon and Washington, D.C.