Reynold L. Leno was born Oct. 6, 1950, the son of Orville and Ramona (McKnight) Leno. He is the grandson of David and Emma Leno and Thomas and Elvira McKnight.
He grew up and has lived in the Grand Ronde area his entire life. After graduating from Willamina High School, he worked as a logger for one year and then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served two years as a Marine, one of which was in Vietnam.
Upon completion of his military service, he returned to Willamina and to the woods. He worked in the timber industry for almost 26 years. He has been married to his wife, Liz, for more than 40 years.
Mr. Leno was elected to Tribal Council in 1996 and re-elected in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011. During many of those years, his fellow Tribal Council members have elected him to serve as vice chair and in 2012 they elected him as Tribal chair.
Besides high school, Mr. Leno has attended various training courses during his service on Tribal Council.
He also serves on the Spirit Mountain Community Fund Board of Trustees and is chairman of the Spirit Mountain Casino Board of Directors.
“I initially ran for Tribal Council to try and make a difference for my fellow Tribal members,” he said. “I respected the past Tribal Council members and was thankful for all the work they had done.
“I believed that I had something to contribute to the Tribe and wanted to be a part of shaping the future of our Tribe.
“I continue to serve on Tribal Council with all of those things in mind. I strive to keep in close contact with the membership and make my decisions as a Tribal Council member with the best interests of the membership in mind.”