August 2015

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We are just a little over a month into the interim, and what a summer it has been! My days have been filled with both work and play. I have enjoyed spending time with my wonderful family, especially my grandchildren. I have also kept busy meeting constituents and learning more about issues and projects happening in my district and around the state. Summer is, above all, a time to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather with family and friends. I hope you all are staying safe and enjoying playtime and relaxation in the sun! I wanted to take a moment to share what I have been up to recently:

Around the District

Town Hall: Representative Gallegos and I had a great turnout at our joint town hall last month! Thank you to everyone who attended. There were so many great questions asked about education, spending, land use, safety, and much more! I am glad that I got a chance to discuss the bills that I worked so hard on during the session, and I always love having the opportunity to meet with my constituents. Stay tuned for a Back-To-School coffee coming soon!

Cornell Estates: In July, I visited Cornell Estates, a senior center in Hillsboro. I discussed how the legislative process works and highlighted some of my favorite bills. It was so nice to spend some time really discussing the past session in depth with such wonderful constituents. I especially enjoyed seeing Arden Sheets, who is the father of a student I had back in the 80’s! Thank you to all the folks at Cornell Estates for such a meaningful discussion about statewide policy. It was a pleasure to speak with all of you.  


Cornell Estates

Coos Bay Trip: Recently, I had the opportunity to accompany Senator Betsy Johnson and a few other Representatives on a small flight over to Coos Bay! This trip gave me new insights into statewide economic and transportation policy. Our group visited the port and discussed what the various dredging responsibilities were within the wellway so that ships could access the port. We also visited the site of the Jordan Cove Energy Project and received an in-depth presentation on the various economic challenges of that project. Overall, this was a very exciting and educational trip.


Coos Bay Bridge

This is an image of the McCullough Bridge in Coos Bay. While the McCullough Bridge looks strong from a distance, this photo shows how much renovation is needed in order for the bridge to continue serving as a critical transportation system on our coast.


This is a photo of the Port of Coos Bay, taken from the small airplane that guided us through our tour. The Port is an economic engine for the coast and has potential to play an important role in the state economy overall.

Overlooking Coast


Affordable Housing Tour: Most recently, I went on an Affordable Housing Tour of Washington County. This tour was put on by the Westside Economic Alliance and Partners. I learned about many different affordable housing projects in my district, as well as the need for such projects and how to finance them.


Cheers to my Legislative Assistants: Becky and Courtney. These two were such wonderful aides throughout my first session in Salem. Both Becky and Courtney have moved on to other pursuits, and I wish them all the best in their latest endeavors. Thank you for all of your hard work, Becky and Courtney!

Courtney and Becky


Cheers to Virginia Garcia! This month, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center celebrated their 40th anniversary! Back in 1975, there was no healthcare provider for low income workers in Washington County, before young Virginia Garcia inspired the creation of this clinic. What started in a garage has turned into a trusted, reliable source of health care for patients of all backgrounds. Thank you, Virginia Garcia, and here’s to another forty years!


Because Summer is so much fun, I wanted to share some of the fun I have been having with you all as well:


Grandchildren: I have been spending a lot of time with my grandchildren this summer! Movies, Picnics, and Birthdays...all fun with the grandkids!


Speech and Debate: I attended the NFHS Speech and Debate conference for coaches and educators in New Orleans! What a beautiful city! I ate a lot of fun food, saw many beautiful buildings, and most importantly, collaborated with my colleagues on this long-time passion of mine. I was also awarded with this special pin. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to go!


Speech and Debate

Upcoming Events

Farmers Markets: I will be attending the Hillsboro Tuesday Night Farmers Market on September 1st at 6pm,  and the Forest Grove Farmers Market on Wednesday, September 9th at 6:00 pm. I hope to see you there!

Back to School Coffee: I will be hosting two back to school coffees this month! The first will be at BJ’s Coffee Roaster’s located at 2834 Pacific Ave Ste C, Forest Grove, OR 97116 on Thursday, September 10th, at 10:00 am.

The second Back to School Coffee will be held at Manaia Coffee House and Island Grill, located at 203 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123, on Saturday, September 26th, at 10am. You can RSVP by emailing me at or by calling my office at 503-986-1429.

This late summer has been warm, and we should remember our firefighters and their families in this high danger season. Please check out my Facebook page for information about upcoming events and feel free to email me at If you or a group you are a member of have an event you want me to know about or would like me to attend, please feel free to email me at any time with the details, contact information, date, and time. I love hearing about events happening in the community. And, as always, I am happy to talk further if you have any questions or priorities you’d like to discuss with me. I would love to meet with you. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Yours Truly,


Representative Susan McLain

email: I phone: 503-986-1429
address: 900 Court St NE, H-376, Salem, OR 97301