Tim Knopp is a Republican member of the Oregon Senate, representing the 27th District. A native Oregonian, Knopp has lived in Central Oregon for nearly 35 years. He served in the Oregon Legislature from 1999 to 2005, including as Oregon House Majority Leader. Knopp challenged incumbent Republican senator Chris Telfer in the 2012 primary elections, criticizing Telfer's record on job creation. Knopp defeated Telfer 68% to 32%.  He went on to defeat his Democrat opponent in the general election 60% to 40%. 
Knopp spent over 20 years as a small business owner. He was a former little league coach and Bend Chamber of Commerce board member and he currently sits on the board of First Story, an affordable housing non-profit. Knopp is the Executive Vice President of the Central Oregon Builders Association and the Executive Director of Building Partner for Affordable Housing.
Knopp was first elected to the 54th District of the Oregon House of Representatives in 1998, defeating both a Democrat and Libertarian opponent. 
Senator Knopp currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, as well as on the Senate Committee on Workforce and the Senate Committee on Health Care. 
He and his wife, Melissa, have been married over 26 years and have 4 children: Reagan, Emilie, Daniel, and Grace. 
- "Senator Tim Knopp Political Summary - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2013-06-28.