Former State Representative Jeff Kropf represented Oregon House Districts 37 and 17 for eight years, serving 4 terms until retiring in January of 2007.
He is a fifth generation Oregon farmer from the Halsey/Harrisburg area, hosts a political radio talk show in Salem, volunteered for nearly 30 years in the fire service as a fire fighter and fire board member. He is a stepfather with two grandsons and lives on the family farm in Halsey.
He stays engaged in grassroots politics as a consultant and advisor to candidate and initiative/referendum campaigns.
He co-founded Oregon Connections Academy (now Oregon Charter Academy) in 2005, an online k-12, public charter school that now serves nearly 5,000 students serving as board President until retiring in 2020.
He started in talk radio in 2003 as a substitute for Lars Larson and now hosts “Political Coffee” a Monday through Friday talk show from 6-7am on KSLM 1220AM/104.3FM in Salem.
In 2004 and 2006 Jeff was embedded as a radio broadcaster with Oregon National Guard combat infantry units in Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing live reports and interviews with Oregon Guardsman during combat operations.
After retiring from the House of Representatives in 2007, he organized a team that built up the Oregon chapter of a grassroots political organization, Americans for Prosperity, with 32 local Oregon chapters and 25,000 free market activists. In 2011 he founded the non profit Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation, whose mission is to research and publicize wasteful government spending in Oregon.
Jeff has received numerous awards from conservative business and government watchdog organizations and is a founding member of the New Budget Coalition. He is a passionate advocate for common sense government budget reform and speaks regularly to various organizations on this subject.