The weeks are flying by


Hello Friends and Neighbors,

It is hard to believe that the first month of session is nearly history! The very busy days feel like they are five minutes long and I love all the activity! Already, so many invigorated folks have been making the trip down to Salem to meet and talk about our community and issues that are most important to them. I enjoy the visits, appreciate the involvement, and love that people ask how can they help. 

In the last two weeks I have had the opportunity to hear about concerns on a variety of topics. I’ve received emails, phone calls, and even letters from the community talking about PERS, wildlife concerns, predictive scheduling, landlord/tenant issues, reproductive rights, the Elliott Forest and more. I want you to know that I am here to represent YOU and I want open communication and dialogue. Many of those who’ve visited the Capitol have come with organizations such as the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), the Oregon Education Association (OEA), Measure 98 Coalition, and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). I was excited to receive an invitation by the Oregon Student Association (OSA) to speak at the forum they hosted in the Capitol on the 14th. I loved the energy in the room of so many young adults who were there to advocate for their education.

OSA Forum Phot

I have been proud over the last several weeks to support legislation that will make a real difference in the lives of Oregonians. I am proud to be a sponsor on H.B. 2005 and S.B. 752 which were heard in their respective committees earlier this week. Both bills seek to ensure that everyone receives equal pay for equal work. I look forward to supporting them as they make their way through the process.

joe and janeen

On Monday the 13th, I attended the House Committee on Health Care and testified on behalf of H.B. 2723, alongside my predecessor, Joe Gallegos. This bill would allow hippotherapy, also known as equine therapy, to be accepted by the Oregon Health Plan as a tool for therapists to use in treatment plans for their patients. 

Also, this last Wednesday, I was happy to vote for H.B. 2152 which allows Small Business Development Centers to better promote their services within their communities. It is important that we work hard to provide current and prospective small business owners with the resources they need to grow and thrive within our communities. Visit to receive free business counseling, and find what services are in your area!

Get Involved

  • Attention all students, parents and others concerned with the rising costs of higher education: Click here to read testimony regarding Open Educational Resources given to the Higher Education Workforce Development Committee. Please contact me if you have any questions.
  • Read Across America Day is March 2nd! Take some time to read a book as a family or donate a book to your local library.

Upcoming Events

I look forward to the weeks ahead. Whether in the office, in district, or wherever else the work may take me, I’m rolling my sleeves up and I’m just getting started! Thanks for joining me on this journey and I hope to see many of you at upcoming events!

Yours Truly,


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