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2004 Wade Anderson Memorial Medal Recipient

Elizabeth Harchenko

Elizabeth Harchenko, Director of the Oregon Department of Revenue, is the first recipient of the Wade Anderson Memorial Medal for Leadership in Interstate Tax Cooperation. Ms. Harchenko has been director of the Oregon Department of Revenue since May 1997 and is responsible for a $135 million budget and 1,000 employees. She began her career with the Oregon Tax Court and has also served on the staff of the state legislature and the Attorney General’s office. She is past chairperson of the Multistate Tax Commission and past president of the Western States Association of Tax Administrators.

The selection committee praised Harchenko for her unflagging support for interstate cooperative activities, including her recent work as chairperson of the Multistate Tax Commission. The committee noted: “Elizabeth has been a leader in establishing cooperative state tax administration not only in Oregon but through both the Multistate Tax Commission and the Federation of Tax Administrators. She has provided leadership in state policy initiatives in the income, sales and use and property tax areas.”  

 "She has been an energetic and effective spokesperson for the states at the federal level.  Her leadership led to the Commission's Federalism at Risk report. She has been the driving force behind the MTC's state tax compliance initiatives, work that will provide a blueprint for state tax policy makers for the next decade."

In announcing the award, Billy Hamilton, Texas Deputy Comptroller and long-time colleague of Wade Anderson, said, "Just as Wade Anderson fostered interstate cooperation over a long period of years, Elizabeth began reaching out beyond the boundaries of her state when she worked on tax issues for the Oregon Attorney General's Office and has continued to do so throughout her career. She combines a broad understanding of tax policy challenges facing the states with an extraordinary talent for helping people from diverse states work together. Everyone who works with Elizabeth gains from the experience."