We're back! Tickets are on sale now! April 22-24
Where Oregon conservatives get their fix of political debate, speakers and fun. Get ready, because we are back.
Early bird pricing of $205 ends March 31! Regular price ticket is $240.
Head to the hills for the political party of the year! Dorchester 2022 is set to go! We are back at Mt. Hood Oregon Resort (formerly "Resort at the Mountain") in Welches. It's been two years. We have a lot to talk about.
This year's conference will include:
Oregon Republican Gubernatorial Debate and Straw Poll
Congressional District 5 Debate and Straw Poll
Special 3-Part Section Focusing on Taiwan - How we got here, what does an invasion look like, and should US defend?
Steve Yates, National Security Advisor for Dick Cheney on behind the scenes on 9/11
US Congressman Cliff Bentz
Panel on threats to energy production: Natural gas bans, Dam removals, Ignoring nuclear
Oregon House and Senate walk-ins and introductions
Hosted Evening Block Parties in the Golf Villas
Box Lunch and Saturday Dinner Banquet
Photo Ops with Elected Officials
Vendors and Sponsors
*All content subject to change without notice
Registration is now open!
Sponsorships are available for conference content, golf tournament, meals and more. Contact Mark Fitz
Want to host a party on Saturday night? Take over one of our Golf Villas for the evening and provide guests with refreshments and swag!
Each attendee is a living, breathing wallet full of cash ready to engage your business or political campaign. Get a booth and get seen!
On the first night of Dorchester ... the first of THREE Dorchester Debates!
Congressional District #5 Primary debate between Former Happy Valley Mayor and health care entrepreneur Lori Chavez-DeRemer and energy investor and community leader Jimmy Crumpacker!
Mallards Cafe & Pub
Mallards Cafe & Pub
422 Woodruff Way
Dorchester Interns meeting in one of the golf villas.
422 Woodruff Way
Join us for cocktails, beer and wine in the ballroom!
This year, we are featuring a deep dive on Taiwan ...
What does an Invasion of Taiwan Look Like?
- Steve Yates, Former National Security Advisor to Dick Cheney
Discussion and Straw Poll Decision:
Should the United States Defend Taiwan From Chinese Invasion? Tickets are ON SALE NOW!
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The Dorchester Conference, launched in 1965 at the Dorchester House in Lincoln City, is the oldest annual political conference in the United States. Its founder was Robert Packwood, then a thirty-three-year-old state legislator. Packwood was unhappy with the conservative direction of the Republican Party, which had nominated Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater for the presidency in 1964.
After Goldwater’s crushing defeat by Lyndon B. Johnson, Packwood invited like-minded Republicans, including the new state legislators for whom he had campaigned, to a statewide conference. The invitation vowed that “Far right-wingers will be deliberately excluded.” Although some Republican officeholders, including Governor Mark O. Hatfield, were uneasy about his efforts, the conference attracted more than two hundred attendees in its first year. The Dorchester Conference, as it came to be known, provided a forum for the discussion of the future of Oregon and the Oregon Republican Party.
The conference grew in subsequent years, in 1968 drawing a thousand participants. That year also saw the recognition of Dorchester’s importance to national politics when Nelson Rockefeller attended to seek support for his presidential campaign. Its prestige was further enhanced by Packwood’s successful effort to win the Senate seat occupied by Wayne Morse.
Over the years, key Oregon officeholders have participated in the conference, including Tom McCall, Mark Hatfield, Vic Atiyeh, Norma Paulus, Gordon Smith, Clay Meyers, Dave Frohnmeyer, and Greg Walden. Dorchester has served as a forum for spirited debates on a wide range of issues, including tax policy, abortion rights, education funding, and international policies and has attracted such prominent Republicans as Ronald Reagan, George Romney, George H.W. Bush, Jack Kemp, Elizabeth Dole, Tucker Carlson, and Roger Stone.
The Conference now meets each year in Welches, Oregon.
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