For this AMAC Magazine Exclusive Advocate Update, we are putting the spotlight on Oregon’s very own Michael Stoffey.
Conservative may not be the first word that comes to mind when you hear Oregon, but don’t let news headlines from The Beaver State color your view. A rather conservative electorate is found beyond Portland and Eugene, where liberal students dominate the state’s major university. Michael Stoffey, a fairly new AMAC Chapter Leader, has his foot on the accelerator.
Michael became a chapter leader in October 2022 for Oregon’s 6th district, added when the state gained a congressional seat due to the 2020 Census. It encompasses urban Salem, the capital city where he resides, as well as the southwestern suburbs of Portland. A Democrat Congresswoman was elected in 2022, but barely, with 50.1% of the vote.
Michael held a multidistrict virtual chapter meeting in February 2023. The two guest speakers were the former gubernatorial candidate and the Vice Chair of Oregon’s GOP. Topics included an introduction of AMAC Action and Advocates, election integrity, and an Oregon election update.
Michael is committed to AMAC’s mission and working to create positive change in his community, state, and country. “I’m excited to be a part of such a dynamic and impactful organization and look forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead.” Politics and AMAC Action are a family affair, as Michael’s wife Yvonne is the AMAC Action Delegate for the same district.
Asked about his role, Michael replied, “What I love most about my role is the opportunity to be a part of the change that our great nation and state of Oregon so desperately need. I am deeply passionate about our country and state, and I firmly believe that we can make a difference by educating, uniting, and helping others.” By hosting state chapter meetings Michael brings together like-minded individuals who share conservative values and a vision for a better future. “Through these gatherings, we can discuss the pressing issues facing our communities and our country and work together to develop effective solutions.”
Michael has brushed shoulders with several notable political figures over the years. His earliest recollection was meeting Leon Panetta, when the then Congressman (and future CIA Director and Defense Secretary) visited his junior high school in Monterey County, CA in 1978. “I was appointed student photographer for his visit. Years later while still a California resident, I met his son Jimmy, also involved in politics, when he was door knocking. I told him about the time I met his father and that while I respected his canvassing efforts, I did not agree with his politics.” More recently, Michael and his wife met radio talk show host and former Trump White House official Sebastian Gorka. That meet occurred outside Walter Reed Medical Center while President Trump was receiving Covid treatment.
On important issues facing the country today, Michael ticked off election integrity, first and second amendment freedoms, and the hijacking of public education, in that order. “In sum, we must remain vigilant against those who seek to undermine our democracy, infringe upon our freedoms, attack second amendment rights, and brainwash our children with leftist propaganda. As conservatives, it’s our duty to stand up for what is right and preserve the principles that have made America great.”
Away from politics Michael’s focus is family. “Nothing brings me more joy than spending time with my loved ones and creating cherished memories together.” He is the proud father of three college graduate daughters and also has three granddaughters between ages five months and 17 years.
Michael also has a penchant for working with his hands and bringing new creations to life, be it tinkering with automotive maintenance and repair or refurbishing vintage recreational vehicles. He finds great satisfaction in the process of making and fixing things. Add to that an adventurous spirit that includes kayaking and fishing. “There’s something truly special about being out on the water, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the serenity of silence.”
One of Michael’s greatest passions, however, is firearms. “I’m a certified Range Safety Officer through the National Rifle Association and participate in shooting competitions and training courses whenever I can. It’s a hobby that allows me to both enjoy the thrill of comradery, competition, self-improvement and uphold my belief in second amendment rights.” A healthy balance between work and leisure is essential to living a fulfilling life, according to Michael.
For the rest of 2023 Michael has a clear agenda with top priority continuing to book exceptional speakers for quarterly Oregon State Chapter meetings. Topics will focus on helping solidify a conservative victory in Oregon and across the country in the 2024 elections. “Currently, we have two delegates and one chapter leader in Oregon, and my goal is to expand the reach of AMAC Action throughout the state. I’m committed to growing our organization to have at least two delegates in every congressional district – that’s twelve or more – and three chapter leaders statewide. Additionally, I aim to encourage as many conservatives as possible to join a chapter and become an active part of the change we seek.
Professionally, Michael has worked in management, engineering, and design, specifically in advanced communications for space, ground, cellular, and initiative TV. He has also worked in enterprise sales and marketing for cutting-edge information technologies and held positions at Lockheed Martin, Space Systems Loral, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.