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Victor G. Atiyeh
Victor G. Atiyeh 2012.jpg
Atiyeh in May 2012.
32nd Governor of Oregon
In office
January 8, 1979 – January 12, 1987
Preceded byRobert Straub
Succeeded byNeil Goldschmidt
Personal details
Victor George Atiyeh

(1923-02-20)February 20, 1923
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
DiedJuly 20, 2014(2014-07-20) (aged 91)
Beaverton, Oregon, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Oregon

Victor George "Vic" Atiyeh (February 20, 1923 – July 20, 2014) was an American politician. He was the 32nd Governor of Oregon from 1979 until 1987. He was a member of the Republican Party. He was the first elected governor of Arab descent in the United States. He was re-elected against future governor Ted Kulongoski with 61.6 percent of the vote in 1982, the biggest margin in 32 years.

Atiyeh was born in Portland, Oregon. His father was a Syrian immigrant. He was married and had two children.

Atiyeh died from renal failure caused by a fall on July 20, 2014 in Beaverton, Oregon. He was 91.[1]


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