I’d like to remind people that "Doctor" Kitzhaber practiced emergency room medicine exactly long enough to complete his residency, and then ran for office. He hasn’t practiced medicine in any meaningful way since 1978, when he was first elected to the Oregon House. He was elected to the Oregon Senate in 1980 and worked his way up to Senate President before running for Governor in 1994 – creating the Oregon Health Plan along the way. In between his 2 Governor gigs, he did not return to medical practice, but founded the Archimedes Movement, a liberal political think tank with a goal of imposing socialized medicine. So basically he was an actual doctor for 5 years, but a political hack whose only record of accomplishment was creating unsustainable medical welfare programs for 34 years. So there’s that.