March Madness kicks off


Hello Friends and Neighbors,

As committees ramp up, we are having floor sessions Monday through Thursday, which still allows us to get through more bills each week. At this time, I am still able to be in-district on Friday’s giving me time to meet with constituents who aren’t able to make it to Salem during the week.

At the end of last month, we had many groups from our community and across the state come to the Capitol to advocate for school based health centers in Oregon. These centers play a vital role in healthcare for our student population. I had the opportunity to meet with two of these groups: the Oregon School Based Health Alliance and the Student Health Advisory Committee from Century High School. Their personal testimonies on the importance of having access to proper health services for students, while at school, was important to hear. 

school based health center

March 2nd was National Read Across America Day and the celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday. I have a long-standing tradition of visiting classrooms across the Hillsboro School District on this day and sharing my love of these stories with students. Because of my busy day planned in Salem, I was only able to make it to two schools that day. I started at Groner Elementary School where I had the pleasure to read Green Eggs and Ham to the students while they ate their green eggs and ham breakfast with their classmates and parents. I then made my way to Morningside Elementary in Salem to read Yertle the Turtle to Ms. O'Keeffe's 5th grade students.  On the floor of the Capitol that day I gave a short  speech on the importance of funding education and supporting our students as they discover their pathways for their future. You can listen to my entire remonstrance here.


Last night my fellow Washington County legislators and I hosted the Washington County Budget Town Hall. I hope many of you were able to attend this event because the testimonies were powerful and personal. We were able to hear from so many engaged individuals from all over Washington County who shared how budget cuts will affect the programs they depend on. A special thank you to Beaverton School District for hosting this event. 

An important aspect of working in the legislature is being able to work with fellow representatives on a variety of issues. One of these opportunities presented me the chance to sign on as a sponsor for HB 2216. This bill would require the Department of Human Services to adopt rules to establish Oregon Foster Children’s Sibling Bill of Rights. This will ensure that children who are in foster care in Oregon have the ability to stay connected with their siblings. The bonds between siblings, especially in trauma situations is important to their health and well-being. I had the opportunity to hear the personal stories on why this Bill is essential to bring forward.


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Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, March 11th - Hillsboro St. Patricks Day Parade 11a.m., Downtown Hillsboro
  • Monday, March 13th - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici Town Hall  6 to 7p.m., Washington County Fairgrounds 
  • Saturday, April 1st - Listening Session with Representative Sollman 9a.m. to 10a.m., Brookwood Library Board Room

I am very honored to serve our community in Salem. We have very difficult decisions to make ahead of us, but the opportunities to meet and talk with people whose everyday lives depend on the services we provide in Oregon weigh heavily on my mind. Please stay in touch and stay involved in the process as we look for solutions to move this beautiful state of ours forward. Thank you.



Capitol Phone: 503-986-1430
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-487, Salem, Oregon 97301