Kerry Tymchuk serves as the Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society. A native of Reedsport, Kerry is a graduate of Willamette University and of Willamette University College of Law. Prior to assuming the helm at OHS in April 2011, Kerry earned a reputation as one of Oregon's most respected public servants. His career included service as a Marion County Deputy District Attorney, Director of Speechwriting to U.S. Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole, Director of Speechwriting and Legal Counsel to U.S. Senator Bob Dole, and Oregon Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Gordon Smith. Kerry co-authored with the Doles in the writing of four books as well as worked with four Oregon business icons — Gert Boyle, Harry Merlo, Al Reser, and Ken Austin — in writing their autobiographies.
A four-time champion on the popular television game show “Jeopardy,” Kerry is active in the community, recognized by Oregon Business Industry in 2018 as “Oregon Statesman of the Year.” Kerry and his wife, Becky, reside in Beaverton, and are the parents of two children.