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What's the most common name in the Oregon Legislature?

Fun facts involving the names of members of the Legislature.

It's no surprise that the most common names in the Oregon Legislature belong to men: there's a three-way tie between Mark, Jeff, and Bill.

There are three of each between the Oregon House and Oregon Senate.

Do the names have partisan connotations? Based on the extremely small sample size, it would seem that in Oregon politics, if the man is named Bill, he is probably a Republican: all three Bills in the Legislature are Republicans. The head of the state's Republican party, Bill Currier, also bears the name.

For both Mark and Jeff, there are two Democrats and one Republican each with the name.

Another fun name fact: one of the Marks, Mark Meek, a Democratic state representative from Clackamas County, has a Marty and a Marcus working in his legislative office, a circumstance that would seem to breed confusion.

According to the baby name registry compiled by the Social Security Administration, William has consistently been one of the most popular baby names nationally. In 2016 it held the number three distinction both in the country and in Oregon.

The name Jeff didn't make it to the top 1,000 names given to babies born in 2016 in the U.S., but Jeffrey made it to No. 301, and Jeffery to No. 770.

Meanwhile, Mark nabbed the No. 195 spot nationally in 2016.

Neither Mark nor Jeffrey made it to the top 100 baby names in the state of Oregon for 2016.

If you count variations on Richard and Michael — there are two Mikes, one Michael, one Richard, one Rick, and one Rich — then those rank equally with Jeff, Bill and Mark in the legislature.

Among women, the only name duplicate — unless you count variations on Elizabeth — is Julie: Julie Fahey, D-Eugene, and Julie Parrish, R-Tualatin/West Linn.