Michael J. Kopetski was born October 27, 1949 in Pendleton, Oregon. After graduate school, Kopetski worked as an aide to the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, better known as the “Watergate Committee.” In 1985 he won election as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives. Following two unsuccessful runs for Congress in 1982 and 1988, Kopetski ran successfully in 1990, defeating incumbent Republican Denny Smith.
Kopetski was a member of the One Hundred Second and One Hundred Third Congresses (January 3, 1991-January 3, 1995) as a Democratic member. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1995. The Michael J. Kopetski Papers consist of papers generated and received by the office of Congressman Michael J. Kopetski during his two terms in the United States House of Representatives representing the Fifth District of the state of Oregon. Additional materials include papers generated and received by the office of Congressman Michael J. Kopetski during his two terms in the Oregon State Legislature.
For more information, visit our full finding aid for his congressional and political papers at: http://libmedia.willamette.edu/GCW/#doc:page:eads/2867/cpd/1/4/0