Why I'm running

I am running for Congress because the federal government is out of control and threatening our freedom and prosperity.  If civic-minded people can agree on nothing else, they ought to be able to agree that the federal government has made a mess out of most of the policy initiatives that extend beyond traditional constitutional powers, and that many of these policies ought to be set at the state level.  We need a revolution in governmental structure, with radical decentralization, radical simplification, and increased accountability.  Long-term incumbents like my opponent seem incapable of even understanding the structural problems they create by never pruning the tree of government.

I received my A.B. degree in physics from Harvard College in 1981, my J.D. from Yale Law School in 1985, and my M.B.A. from Yale School of Management also in 1985.  I am a partner in the Portland, Oregon law firm of Murphy & Buchal LLP.  Representing citizens in a wide variety of disputes with the government has given me a keen understanding of how to improve government.

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  • commented 2014-08-13 11:50:11 -0700
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  • commented 2014-08-04 18:31:50 -0700
    I feel bad that I missed the tele town hall but I am going to find the recording and listen to it. James is what we need for entire country not just this race. His attitude and stances on issues makes him a great American!

    Thank you James for all you do and all you have to tolerate
    Kristie
  • commented 2014-08-03 17:23:47 -0700
    Mr. Buchal is a stand – up man, worthy of the office for which he’s competing. Sadly, he’s not running against Kurt Schrader so I can’t vote for Buchal, but I encourage everyone who’s had to own Blumenauer to vote for Buchal this November.
  • commented 2014-05-05 04:05:00 -0700
    I don’t know if Buchal is the right choice. What I do know is Blumenauer is the wrong choice. Lately it doesn’t seem to matter what the promises are, politicians don’t keep them or even attempt to acknowledge them once they get into office. If Buchal can do what he says he wants to do, LET GET THIS RACE UNDER WAY!
  • commented 2014-02-01 18:18:07 -0800
    Thanks Lisa for sending the links. I’m trying to contact him. Email I have doesn’t work.
  • commented 2013-12-07 16:40:30 -0800
    It is great James Buchal is running in my congressional district. He gives the race a great choice between government very heavy (Blumenauer & as now) or government-on-a-diet and healthier (Buchal).
  • commented 2013-12-04 09:25:33 -0800
    After making every effort to help Delia Lopez defeat Earl Blumenauer in 2010 I am proud to see another of my management clients, the brilliant, Yale educated Portland attorney, Mr. James Buchal take up the challenge. During Buchal’s 2012 race for Oregon Attorney General, we traversed around the great state of Oregon speaking to voters about the issues that matter most . After spending his legal career advocating for the private property and mineral rights of individual citizens against the state and local governments, I believe James Buchal is precisely the right spokesperson for individual liberty in Congress.