Frank Dixon was elected Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon in 2013, after serving three terms as First Vice-Chair. He has been a member of the Democratic National Committee and the DNC LGBT Caucus since 2007. Frank is serving his second term on the Association of State Democratic Chairs Executive Committee as the Western States Chair’s representative. In addition Frank serves on the thirty member Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee.
After moving eight times with his military family between five states and Germany, Frank attended Mt. Carmel HS located in Chicago’s inner city Woodlawn neighborhood and then graduated from the University of Notre Dame.
He entered active duty as an Infantry Unit Commander in 1973 and retired in the Army Reserves after serving with the 104th Division as a commander of the Leadership Academy (drill sergeant school) and as the Division’s internal auditor.
Frank arrived in Oregon in 1976 to attend Lewis & Clark Law School. After receiving his law degree, Frank practiced consumer law for fifteen years in state and federal courts. He was the lead trial attorney on early cases filed under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and argued cases in the Oregon Court of Appeals and US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of consumers. Frank taught other lawyers about consumer protection and is a published author on the subject.
Frank began his community organizing as a Democratic precinct committee person and neighborhood association leader, and went on to Chair the coalition of neighborhood associations for West and Northwest Portland. Appointed to serve on numerous city and county commissions, Frank served as assistant to Portland City Commissioner Saltzman with staff assignments that included the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.
Frank was one of the founders of Veterans for Human Rights, an early LGBT war veterans group. Frank served on the Board of Directors of Right to Pride PAC in the 1990s. In 2002 Frank became a Director of Basic Rights Oregon for ten years, co-chairing the Board and PAC for several years; and later serving as co-interim Executive Director. In 2004, Frank organized and was the first President of the Democratic Party of Oregon GLBT Caucus.
Respectfully following in the footsteps of a family of pioneers, Frank owns and helps manage his great-grandfather’s historic home and farm established in 1856 in Northeastern Kansas. Frank lives with his partner of over 30 years, real estate broker Dan Volkmer, in Portland. They also enjoy spending time off relaxing in Netarts, Oregon with their boxer, Watson and “Ertha Cat.”
Party Office Holder
Chair, Democratic Party of Oregon