Whether acting as a lawyer, consultant, advocate or public interest lobbyist, Blair Bobier brings a unique set of skills and experiences to the table.
Mr. Bobier has successfully argued cases before judges and juries; he has influenced the legislative and executive branches of government, appeared on many radio and television programs, written for dozens of newspapers, and has been a featured speaker and panelist at numerous conferences.
Blair Bobier worked as the Media Director for a national presidential campaign and as the Policy Director for a gubernatorial campaign. He has been involved with several campaigns for electoral reform in a number of capacities; he successfully lobbied both the Oregon and California legislatures for political reform, and he helped with the adoption and implementation of Instant Runoff Voting by the cities of Oakland, San Leandro and Berkeley, California.
Public Interest Lobbyist:
As a public interest lobbyist, Blair Bobier has opened up Oregon’s democratic process to independent political parties and helped lower the age for voter registration in California. He also prompted former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts to exercise the first veto of her term; to kill a bill which would have infringed on the rights of new political parties. Mr. Bobier’s lobbying work includes working with municipalities in Oregon, Hawaii and California.
Blair Bobier is one of Oregon and the nation’s leading voices for election reform. He is widely published on the topic and has successfully lobbied both the Oregon and California legislatures for political reform. Mr. Bobier has advised mayors, charter review committees, city council members, elections officials and community leaders about how to make elections more inclusive and democratic.
Blair Bobier was instrumental in initiating the first statewide recount of presidential votes in the history of the United States, in Ohio in 2004, as the Media Director for the presidential campaign which initiated the Recount. Mr. Bobier also lobbied the Hawaii Legislature to adopt Instant Runoff Voting and litigated to close loopholes in Maine’s Clean Elections Act. Mr. Bobier engineered the passage of legislation easing Oregon’s restrictive ballot access laws, drafted a ballot measure calling for the election of Oregon legislators by proportional representation, and filed suit challenging the use of public media for political debates which arbitrarily excluded qualified candidates. Mr. Bobier co-authored an amicus brief for the federal court whose landmark decision upheld the constitutionality of Instant Runoff Voting.