Why I Work For You
I ran for office because I believe Oregon is still a place where people solve problems together. I grew up in southern Oregon, where my dad helped run the family construction business and my mom worked as a school teacher and principal. Alongside other Oregon families, we had some tough times, especially during the recession of the 1980s. But I saw then—just as I see now—that Oregonians do best when we face challenges together. That’s why I work as hard as I can to create opportunity all across our state.
What We’ve Achieved
As your representative, I have worked with community members and leaders from across the political spectrum and across our state to make progress on key issues. We have increased investment in our public schools, helped families by raising the minimum wage and expanding paid sick leave, and made it easier for Oregonians to save for retirement. We have taken steps to prevent sexual assault, improve access to birth control, and keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. And we have positioned Oregon to add jobs by strengthening our new agricultural economy, supporting construction of affordable housing, and investing in cleaner energy. This is real progress, and we are just getting started.
I am focusing on three crucial priorities in my work as state representative:
- Creating economic opportunity—We need to make sure no one is left behind in Oregon’s economic recovery. To increase our jobs base, I am working to improve transportation systems, expand our agricultural economy, grow our food and beverage production sector, and support innovation in our technology, clean energy, and manufacturing arenas. Families are at the center of our economic recovery, so I'm also fighting for affordable childcare, paid family medical leave, and fair workplace policies for all Oregonians.
- Improving public education—Some Oregon high schoolers receive nearly a year less instructional time than their peers in Washington. Our students deserve to have the best possible preparation for their next big challenge, whatever that may be. We can help by expanding access to career-technical education and college readiness courses, improving high school completion rates, ensuring reasonable class sizes, and making sure our students have adequate instructional time.
- Helping vulnerable people—Assisting vulnerable Oregonians is not only the right thing to do, it’s smart planning that pays off in a healthier, stronger Oregon. I am working to help all residents of our state have access to medical care and the reproductive health services they need, a safe place to sleep, and protection from assault, discrimination, and gun violence. I am also committed to defending the basic rights of our most vulnerable community members at a time of great transition and uncertainty nationally.
To learn more about my work, see my Priorities page.