Commissioner Dick Schouten represents District 1, the communities of Aloha, Beaverton and Cooper Mountain. He has been a Commissioner of the Washington County Board from June 2000 to present.
Commissioner Schouten's family immigrated from the Netherlands when he was four. Following a Fresno childhood, he completed his undergraduate work at Santa Clara University and law degree from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Commissioner Schouten subsequently served as legal counsel for numerous California cities and special districts. Commissioner Schouten and his late, first wife, Karen and two daughters moved to Washington County in 1992. Commissioner Schouten practiced law in the Portland area in the 1990s, most notably representing “Make the Park Whole.” This work helped lead to a critical, 22-acre addition to the Tualatin Hills Nature Park in 2000.
More recently the Intertwine Alliance gave Commissioner Schouten a 2014 "Force of Nature Award" and in 2015, Community Partners for Affordable Housing gave him a "Kerkof Award" for effective affordable housing advocacy. Commissioner Schouten is now happily remarried to State Representative Sheri Schouten, and they live in Beaverton’s Murray Hill neighborhood.
Washington County’s representative on the Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)
Clean Water Services (CWS), Board of Directors
Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization Board
The Five Oaks Museum, President of the Museum’s Board of Directors
Council of Forest Trust Land Counties (alternate)
Association of Oregon and California Counties Board of Directors (alternate)
Member of Washington Country’s Homeless Plan Advisory Board
January 2017 to December 2020