Eastern Oregon State College (Bachelor of Science, cum laude, 1974). Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1977).
He serves in the Oregon House of Representatives representing District 60, which encompasses the counties of Malheur, Baker, and Harney, Grant County and part of Lake County, and which includes the cities of Baker City, Burns, and Ontario. He received a bachelor"s degree from Eastern Oregon State College (now Eastern Oregon University) in 1974 and a Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1977. He specializes in agricultural, water, and real property law.
He also owns a 100-acre alfalfa farm.
In 2008, Bentz was appointed by county commissioners in House District 60 to replace Tom Butler in the Oregon House of Representatives following Butler"s resignation to pursue a church mission. He defeated Tim K. Smith in the Republican primary in May 2008, and then was unopposed in the 2008 general election.
Member, 1988-1996 and Chairman, 1994-1996, Oregon Water Resources Commission. Member: Malheur County and American Bar Associations. Oregon State Bar; Idaho State Bar.
American Academy of Hospital Attorneys.