A descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers, Vance Day was born and raised in the Willamette Valley. An Eagle Scout, he graduated magna cum laude from Warner Pacific University and earned his JD from Willamette University College of Law in 1991. An accomplished trial lawyer, he has tried over 300 bench and jury trials. Vance served the State of Oregon for nearly four years as the Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party.
In 2011 Mr. Day was appointed to serve as a Circuit Court Judge and was elected to a full six-year term in November 2012. In 2012, Judge Day led the initiative to start a veteran’s treatment Court in Salem, Oregon. The goal was for prosecutors, the defense, the courts, and the community to work together to help veterans make a fresh start.
Day’s close friendship with “Band of Brothers” Buck Compton led to a series of lectures on leadership in the White House and Congress. Compton, who served for twenty years on the California Court of Appeals, was the first to encourage Day to become a Circuit Court Judge and even spoke at Vance’s investiture.
Near the completion of his term as a circuit
court judge, Vance Day was recruited by the Christian men’s ministry, Promise Keepers, to revitalize the organization. Day served first as Chief Operating Officer and was ultimately elevated to its President. Today, working through the James Madison Center for Free Speech, he educates people across Oregon about our constitutional liberties and how we can responsibly respond to government overreach.