Columbia County Courthouse

230 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR 97051 • Phone: (503) 397-7210 • Toll Free: (888) 397-7210

Columbia County

Margaret Magruder

Margaret Magruder

Margaret Magruder

  • 230 Strand St. Rm. 331, St. Helens, OR 97051
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  • 503-397-4322
  • 503-397-7243 (Fax)


  • First Term:2017
  • Term Expires:1/2021


Margaret Magruder has a passion for Columbia County. A lifelong resident of Clatskanie, she has more than two decades of public service involving Columbia County business, government and non-profits.

Before being elected in November 2016 to represent District 1, Magruder served as a member of the Columbia County budget committee for 20 years, where she assisted in developing the county budget, reviewed the annual document and took comment from county residents before approving it. Frugal in her life as well as her work, she has been an advocate of small budget cuts and paying down the county debt ahead of projected schedules.

Her public sector experience has also included serving on the Clatskanie-Quincy Citizens Planning Advisory Committee and the Columbia School District 5J board of directors. For approximately 10 years, she has served as a precinct committeeperson for the Columbia County Democratic Central Committee.

Commissioner Magruder has a deep commitment to the environment, serving as the Coordinator of the Lower Columbia River Watershed Council since 1996 and as a board member of the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, where she currently serves as Chair. In 2006, she was honored by the United States Department of Agriculture/National Resources Conservation Service as the National Earth Team's individual volunteer of the year for her many years of helping people to conserve, improve and sustain natural resources and the environment.

Her significant economic contributions to rural Oregon earned her special recognition by the Oregon Leadership Summit in 2008 for her efforts to achieve sustainable solutions to benefit rural communities, the environment and the economy.

A third generation farmer who owns and manages a wool insulation company in Rainier, Oregon Shepherd, LLC, Magruder is a member of the Oregon Sheep Commission and the Oregon State Weed Board, positions to which she was appointed by the Oregon Director of Agriculture. She was also appointed to the American Lamb Board by the US Secretary of Agriculture, where she served for seven years. She was also a member of the Oregon Board of Agriculture for eight years, serving as chair for one.

Among her areas of focus, Commissioner Margruder will concentrate on economic development, natural resources and transportation,

My commitment is to bring balance to the environmental, economic and cultural concerns of county residents while protecting livability,” she says. “My vision is a prosperous and productive Columbia County, utilizing our natural resources and our citizen resources to have a county that works together toward common goals.”

Magruder, who lives in Clatskanie, is a graduate of Clatskanie High School. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Russian from Willamette University, and earned a master's degree Slavic Languages and Literature from Syracuse University. She is the mother of 4 grown children, a grandmother of 10 and a great grandmother of one.