Jo Rae and her husband George, were married in 1978 and made their home in Albany, Oregon. They have 2 adult married children and 14 grandkids!
Jo Rae earned an Associates of Science degree in business management from Linn Benton Community College in Albany; Certificate in Financial Planning from the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland and Bachelor of Science in Political Science, with a minor in Speech Communication from Oregon State University. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.
Jo Rae’s professional background includes experience as a real estate agent, personal banker, financial advisor and insurance agent. She has owned her own financial planning business. Her husband George is a self-employed carpet installation contractor. She has also been active with several organizations over the years in the Albany, Oregon, area. In the past, she was a member of Greater Albany Rotary, Beta Sigma Phi, founding chair of Mid-Willamette Women’s Council of Realtors, Willamette Association of Realtors.
She was President, 1st & 2nd Vice President and Secretary of the Linn County Republican Women. She was also the past chair and is the current delegate of the Linn County Republican Party. Likewise, she has served on committees of the Oregon Republican Party. Jo Rae is an elected Precinct Committee Person who currently serves on the City of Albany Human Relations Commission. Due to her initiation of dialogue, the Human Relations Commission’s 2020 goal is to impact Albany by helping the citizens of Albany learn about the services available to the homeless, those in crises and those in recovery.
For relaxation, Jo Rae and George enjoy going on drives in their yellow Corvette along with other Corvette owners as they traverse the scenic byways and highways in Oregon. Her hobbies include tending to her flower gardens, photography and doing home improvements.
Jo Rae is a faith-filled Christian who attends services regularly in Albany. She understands the challenges of working class Americans as, in addition to running for US Senate, she also takes care of her 93-year-old live-in mother-in-law, works part time as an insurance agent, and runs her own micro-business, Jewelry By JP.
Jo Rae Perkins is a Main Street American who believes the US Constitution strongly and clearly spells out the role of the US Senate and the federal government.
With the heart of a lion and the soul of a servant, Jo Rae Perkins is equipped and determined to unseat liberal Democrat, career politician, Jeff Merkley.
We live in Oregon because we love all that Oregon has to offer: our Blue Mountains, our Coast Range, our High Deserts, our Scenic Oregon Coastline. We Oregonians can raft down the Rogue or the Deschutes Rivers or wind surf on the Columbia. We can go crabbing, fishing, hunting, or mining. We can climb Smith Rock or Mt. Hood or gaze up at the stars in the Painted Hills near John Day. We can watch Shakespeare plays in Ashland and Broadway plays in Portland. We can enjoy world class sports with our Portland Timbers and Portland Trailblazers. We can golf at top class courses from Pumpkin Ridge to Bandon. There’s simply no end to Oregon’s beauty, diversity and potential.
This is OUR Oregon, from our beautiful cities in the East, to our picturesque villages on the Coast, to Metropolitan Portland, to our majestic towns in the mountainous South – we are ONE Oregon.
I will do what’s best for ALL Oregonians, not just the residents of our biggest cities, but our loggers, farmers and ranchers, fishermen, small business owners, our old and our young, our middle class, our poor, our families, our entrepreneurs, our vets and our law enforcement officers – everyone matters.
That’s my vision and that’s my promise. Won’t you join me?
Meet “Ms. Dazy”
For Jo Rae’s 16th birthday, her parents gave her a 1963 Sunbeam Alpine, and her love of sportscars began. In 2011 after becoming empty nesters, Jo Rae and George, purchased this 2004 Corvette, they named Ms. Dazy. Jo Rae put over 130,000 miles driving Ms. Dazy, most of them while campaigning and attending political events. Last August, with more than 160,000 miles on the chassis, Ms. Dazy, was put into semi-retirement.