Tuesday, May 7, 2013

New Port of Portland Commissioner Confirmed

Robert L. Levy, a Umatilla County resident and self-employed farmer, has been confirmed by the Oregon State Senate as the newest Port of Portland Commissioner.

Levy operates both the Windy River and L&L Farms in Hermiston, Oregon and was previously the owner of American Onion Inc., a food products wholesale company. He currently is chair of the Westland Irrigation District and also serves on the board of the Cunningham Sheep Co. ranch. He also previously served on the Oregon Board of Agriculture.

“During my business career as a farmer and rancher, I have been involved in importing and exporting a number of agricultural products through the port’s facilities and understand what an important role the port plays in our state and the region,” Levy said. “I look forward to representing those interests and the interests of all Oregonians on the Commission.”

Commissioners are unpaid volunteers who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. They serve four-year terms and can be reappointed at the pleasure of the Governor. Levy replaces Commissioner Steve Corey who has served on the Commission since 2003 and whose current term has expired.

“I had the pleasure of traveling with Bob on last fall’s trade mission to key markets in Asia,” Gov. Kitzhaber, who nominated Levy to the nine-member commission, said of Levy in a prepared statement. “He understands the importance of trade to businesses both large and small and will be a strong voice for Oregon exporters and importers on the Commission.”