Attorney General Hardy Myers was born in Mississippi and reared in the Central Oregon cities of Bend and Prineville, where his father managed large sawmill operations. Hardy attended the University of Mississippi, where he received his undergraduate degree With Distinction, and the University of Oregon School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Oregon Law Review.
After clerking for a federal judge, Hardy began 31 years of private law practice in Portland, the last 17 years at Stoel Rives, Oregon’s largest firm. He specialized in antitrust, trade regulation, and labor and employment law.
Hardy’s public career began as president of the Portland City Planning Commission, followed by five terms in the Oregon House of Representatives, including two as House Speaker. He then served in numerous positions by appointment of, among others, three governors. He was chair of the Oregon Criminal Justice Council, where he led the development of Oregon’s felony sentencing guidelines; a member of the State Sentencing Guidelines Board and the Commission on Judicial Branch; and chair of the Metro Charter Committee which prepared the charter for the Portland metropolitan area regional government, a charter approved by the people in 1992. Hardy was elected Attorney General of Oregon in 1996 and was reelected in 2000 and 2004.
Since election as Attorney General, Hardy has served as chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General, chair of the Antitrust Committee and the Consumer Protection Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General, and a member of the NAAG Executive Committee. He chairs the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force and Restitution Reform Task Force, and is a former member of the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence.
Hardy’s public service awards as Attorney General include the Meritorious Service Award of the University of Oregon School of Law, the David Frohnmayer Award for Public Service presented by the University of Oregon School of Law Alumni Association, the Government Lawyer of the Year Award and the Professionalism Award of the Marion County (Oregon) Bar Association, the Community Support Hall of Fame Award of the Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Center, and the Mary Oberst Award for Leadership to Prevent Childhood Drinking presented by Oregon Partnership.