Before his election to the Metro Council in 2012, Councilor Craig Dirksen served as the Mayor of Tigard for nine years. In the past 30 years, his public sector and engineering experience included serving as a Tigard City Councilor, owner of Oregon X-Treme Electric Bicycles and Scooters, and an industrial designer for CH2M Hill and Portland General Electric. He has served on Metro’s transportation advisory committee JPACT, MPAC, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee and Washington County Coordinating Committee; his volunteer experience includes serving on the Tigard Soccer Club board, Tigard Park board and Tigard budget committee.
As a member of the Metro Council, Councilor Dirksen is an advocate for a complete transportation system with the proper balance of streets, highways, transit and active transportation facilities to support economic development and people’s quality of life. He was part of a Governor’s Task Force investigating the feasibility of a road user fee to supplement and possibly replace our outmoded state gas tax. He envisions a region governed by a tight but flexible urban growth boundary that can accommodate population and economic growth while ensuring efficient land use.
Dirksen earned an A.A. in mechanical engineering from Clark College. He lives in Tigard with his wife and has three sons and seven grandsons.
“I strongly believe my prior experience as a local elected official gives me the ability to understand local needs and the perspective to see how we can work together toward common goals. I believe that during my time as Tigard Mayor and Metro Councilor I have gained the trust and respect of local elected and community leaders that allow me to create those coalitions. Recent examples would be the joint meetings with local representatives from around the Region that led to successfully meeting the State mandate to reduce greenhouse gasses, the transportation subcommittee I have convened to investigate improved transportation funding, and the equitable housing working group I co-chaired to address the rising issue of housing affordability. These kind of collaborative efforts with our City and County partners are what will lead to regionally-made choices of mutual benefit.” – Craig Dirksen