Kevin Easton grew up on the westside of Bend, Oregon in a working-class labor family. As the son of a millworker and public school substitute teacher/librarian, he attended public schools in Oregon.
Kevin went on to be a foreign exchange student to Spain and attended Central Oregon Community College before his interest in politics guided him to the “most politically active college in the U.S.” the University of Oregon in Eugene. There he was a leader in student government on campus and led federal issues-based demonstrations and lobbying efforts with other Oregon colleges, Oregon Student Lobby and U.S. Student Association. He graduated with Friar’s Honorary from UO with a BA in Political Science and emphasis in U.S. Government and Elections.
He spent the next couple decades working on and running over thirty political campaigns up and down the West Coast, electing Democrats to local, state, and Congressional office with a specialty of working special and high-profile Congressional elections. He served as Field Director for Lois Capps for Congress and Campaign Manager for Peter DeFazio for Congress before joining premier Bay Area consulting firm Staton & Hughes as a Political Associate. Staton & Hughes focused on and has a successful record of electing more women to elected office.
Throughout his career Kevin took long breaks from the campaign trail to work on policy issues inside local, state, and federal governments and knows firsthand the inner workings of local governments and how Federal policy directly effects people at the local level. He worked as Policy Manager for Portland Mayor Tom Potter; Community Relations Coordinator for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, City and County of San Francisco; Compliance Specialist at the State or Oregon and Field Representative for Congresswoman Darlene Hooley.
With a lifelong passion for advancing civil and human rights, for two years Kevin was Executive Director of Equity Foundation, Oregon’s statewide LGBTQ grant-giving public foundation.
If elected, Kevin would be Oregon's first LGBTQ Member of Congress. He is a member of SEIU Local 503.
Kevin enjoys travelling, the ocean, the outdoors and knitting. He lives in Salem with his husband, Jeremy.