Mark Henkels

Dr. Mark Henkels is a professor of Public Policy and Administration/Political Science at Western Oregon University. He also serves as the Legal Studies Minor Coordinator, Environmental Studies Minor Coordinator, and Social Science Division Chair. He is co-editor of Oregon Politics and Government: Progressives versus Conservative Populists (2005, U. of Nebraska Press). 

Author's Entries

  • Beverage Container Act (Bottle Bill)

    The Oregon Beverage Container Act of 1971, popularly called the Bottle Bill, remains one of the most visible and popular legacies of Oregon’s environmentalism in the 1960s and 1970s. The Bottle Bill exemplifies the broad environmental activism of the time and Governor Tom McCall’s style of leadership. It also has …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • John Richard Dellenback (1918–2002)

    John Dellenback exemplified the pragmatic bipartisan nature of Oregon politics during the 1960s and 1970s. He served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and two years as director of the Peace Corps. To the end of his life, Dellenback was known for being an optimist and open to …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Measure 5 (property taxes)

    Ballot Measure 5, an initiative passed by Oregon voters in November 1990, fundamentally changed Oregon’s property tax and public school funding systems. Voter approval of Measure 5, and of Measure 47 in 1996 and Measure 50 in 1997, demonstrated the great force of anti-tax fervor in that decade. The resulting …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Operation Red Hat

    Operation Red Hat was the label the American military applied broadly to its program to better secure the nation’s chemical weapons, including nerve gas, by isolating them and initiating their destruction during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1970, the military decided to move some of those weapons to …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Wendell Wyatt (1917–2009)

    Representing Oregon’s First Congressional District from 1964 to 1975, Wendell Wyatt was a voice of Republican moderation in the U.S. House of Representatives and was notable for his ability to work with people from both political parties. The Edith Green–Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland serves as a reminder of …

    Oregon Encyclopedia