Damian during the 2017 election
|Leader of the Innovation Party|
Assumed office |
October 20, 2017
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Member of the House of Senators for the Province of Oregon|
Assumed office |
October 14, 2014
|Preceded by||Jacob Mueller|
|Deputy Leader of the Social Credit Party|
October 18, 2014 – October 20, 2017
|Preceded by||Marcus O'Malley|
|Succeeded by||Party dissolved|
September 18, 1969|
Salem, Oregon, Rainier
Innovation (2017-Present) |
Social Credit (1987-2017)
|Spouse(s)||Marie Foot (m. 1998)|
Damian Martin Foot (born September 18, 1969) is a Rainian political and Member of Parliament serving as a member of the House of Senators for the province of Oregon since 2014 and the founder and first leader of the Innovation Party, the successor party to the Social Credit Party, since October 2017.
Foot was born in the city of Salem, but his family were involved with a company that worked heavily in agriculture. As a result, Damian spent much of his youth in rural communities, farms, and less-urban areas. In various interviews, he sites such experiences as influencing his political views and resulting in him joining the Social Credit Party in 1987 when he turned 18. Throughout his twenties, Damian became a political activist and worked for many campaigns and causes for the Social Credit Party. When he was 25, Foot volunteered and worked for Social Credit Party leader Anthony Platt during the 1995 House of Councillors election and supported the party throughout his life and well into his adulthood.
In 2014, Foot ran in the House of Senators election and succeeded Jacob Mueller was a Senator for the province of Oregon as a member of the Social Credit Party. That same year, Foot was selected to become the Deputy Leader of the Social Credit Party by the party leader, Rhondri Mears, until the party's collapse in October 2017. Following the disastrous defeat in the 2017 House of Councillors election, Foot was succeeded as the SCP leader, but reorganized the party into the Innovation Party saying that the party needed to "rebrand" and a new image to become more appealing. Foot was the party's leading candidate in the 2017 House of Senators election where despite the party coming up short, he retained his seat and the party would gain some minor legislative victories within provincial elections following the 2017 election.
As a Member of the House of Senators, Damian Foot has described himself as the "rural MP" citing how his constituency is primarily based within non-urban, rural, and farmer areas in Oregon and less-urbanized areas. Foot primarily runs on a liberal conservative, pro-agrarianism and economically liberal platform. He's opposed to trade deals that negatively impact farmers and agriculture, favors only limited intervention in the economy, and supports social liberalism, but is opposed to immediate social change arguing that it'll "disrupt public and social order" in many communities in the country.