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Jack Howard


Commissioner Jack Howard is in his first term of office (2015-2019). Born and raised in the small fishing town of Ilwaco, Washington, Jack has also lived throughout the United States, and has called Florida and Pennsylvania home at different times.

“There are few places in America that have managed to keep the balance of traditional values, individual liberty and creativity, as has Union County. I think government has an obligation to protect, and not to infringe, those values.”

Jack Howard’s previous work includes a decade as a freelance writer and researcher, five years as an English teacher, and a lawyer. His commitment while in office is working to assure ever-improving measures of government accountability, term limits, and accessibility “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

Boards and Committees

  • AOC Housing & Community Development
  • Board of Property Tax Appeals (Chair)
  • Blue Mt. Early Learning Hub Governing Body
  • City of Union Chamber of Commerce
  • Court Security Committee
  • Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization
  • Eastern Oregon Counties Association
  • EOU Connection Committee
  • Elgin Edge
  • Hospital Facility Authority
  • Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)
  • Northeast Oregon Economic Development District
  • Northeast Oregon Housing Authority
  • State Independent Living Council (Governor’s Appointment)
  • Strategic Issues Group (SIG)
  • Union County Fair Board (liaison)
  • Union County Museum
  • Union County Safe Communities Coalition
  • Union County Safety Committee (ad hoc)