Fall Newsletter

Representative Smith Warner

Update and Coming Events

Happy Fall!

This is a wonderful time of year to be in Oregon, and particularly in Northeast Portland. When I'm not meeting with constituents, touring local schools, or visiting my colleagues in their districts across the state, I've really enjoyed riding my new electric bike through the neighborhood, and spending time with friends and family.

During a recent National Conference of State Legislators conference in Detroit on the Future of Jobs, I took advantage of the location to join my union brothers and sisters of the United Auto Workers Local 22 on the picket line. 

UAW visit

Walking with these members at the General Motors Hamtramack plant, I heard their stories of overuse and poor treatment of temporary employees, and the cost of living increases that haven't even caught up to the worker's pay cuts that they gave up to save the US auto industry 10 years ago. The sacrifice of these union workers -- parents, students, and neighbors -- will truly make the world a better place, and I'm proud to stand in solidarity with them.

SAVE THE DATE: Constituent Chat

Wed. 11/13 6:30-8PM, Location TBA

Join your Representative to check-in ahead of the Legislative Days in Salem

Light refreshments and activities for children will be provided

Healthcare Open Enrollment and FREE supports 

Medicare Open Enrollment is around the corner - Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.  During the annual enrollment period, Oregonians who are 65 years or older, younger people with disabilities and individuals with end-stage renal disease may be eligible to sign up and find health insurance that meets their needs, or make changes to their current coverage.

Oregon’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program provides year-round free, objective and local counseling to people with Medicare and their families. Examples of SHIBA services include explaining how the Medicare program works, assisting with Medicare appeals and complaints, and helping people make informed decisions about their health insurance coverage. SHIBA staff members and active volunteers/certified counselors serve many of Oregon’s 857,000 Medicare beneficiaries.

Visit the OHA Enrollment website for an overview of SHIBA’s impact throughout our state. Contact information for SHIBA organizations by county is available at https://healthcare.oregon.gov/shiba/get-help/Pages/help-near-you.aspx

If you require any assistance, please reach out to my office at 503-986-1445 or rep.barbarasmithwarner@oregonlegislature.gov.

School District Community Engagement

Help your school district how to decide how they should spend their share of $1 Billion in new education funds from the Student Success Act! 

PPS School District Meetings:

  • Thursday, Oct. 17 6-7:30pm. Lent K-8 School, 5105 SE 97th Ave
  • Saturday, Oct. 19 9-10:30am. Faubion PK-8 School, 2930 NE Dekum St.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6-7:30pm. Roosevelt High School, 6941 N. Central St.
  • Thurs, Oct. 24, 6-7:30pm. Benson Polytechnic High School, 546 NE 12th Ave.

Parkrose School District Meeting:

  • Monday, 10/28, 6-8PM, Parkrose HS, 12003 NE Shaver St, Portland, OR 97220

Reynolds School District Meeting:

  • Tuesday, 11/12, 6-7:30pm, Reynolds High School, Multipurpose Room, 1698 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR.

Can’t attend in person? For PPS, take the Student Success Act survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian or Somali. For other districts, contact your local School Board to share your perspective.


Back at home, I want to give a heartfelt congratulations to SEIU 503, SEIU 49, and UFCW 555 for achieving fair and just contracts for their workers! Our communities are enriched when we respect and honor the workers within them, and unions play an essential role in achieving a better Oregon. 

Constituent Updates

Recent Events

This year’s Bike Town Hall was a blast -- thanks to everyone who attended and to the amazing community groups, schools and non-profits that presented to us. It is one of my favorite events of the year!

Bike Town Hall 19

BSW biz visit

Drop-ins at District Businesses:

I loved dropping in at The Hollywood Theatre, Shandong Restaurant, and Laurelwood Brewery to introduce myself and say congrats on their recent “Best in Portland” recognition by the Willamette Week. I’ll be hitting the streets again this month to go visit more businesses and learn about their experience here in Northeast Portland.

climate strike


There was amazing energy at the Portland Youth Climate Strike -- I am so proud of Oregon’s young people for leading the way. We hear you and I agree: we need climate action.



GHS opening

The modernized Grant High School is incredible. I’m so proud to be a GHS parent and to represent this exciting and innovative school.

Join BSW Around Town:

Scott School PTA meeting, Wednesday, 10/9: 6PM

Luther Memorial Church: 4800 NE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR

Meeting on immigration laws, education, and district updates. This event will be held in Spanish with English translation available through headsets.


Redefining Mainstream Narratives of Gun Violence,

Saturday 10/12: 6-8PM

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral,  3131 NE Glisan St, Portland, Oregon 97232

Majority Leader Smith Warner will be a panelist.

Event Description: “The majority of news coverage surrounding gun violence focuses on the victims of mass shootings, leaving out the Black, Indigenous, & POC communities that many of which experience gun violence on an everyday basis. Join us for an insightful panel that will delve deeper on this topic. There will be a suggested $10 cover at the door, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.”

RSVP here: bit.ly/OYFGRpanel or at the FB event

Hollywood Veterans Day Parade, Monday 11/11: 9:30am

NE 47th and Sandy Blvd. Ceremony and Parade to follow.

Legislative Updates

oil train signing

Oil train bill signing

The Governor held an event to celebrate and sign HB 2209, the oil train safety bill. This is an issue that I have been working on since 2015, and there is still more to do. I am partnering with the City of Portland to work on addressing the issue of oil trains in our communities, to the greatest extent that the law will allow.

Legislative Days

In September we had Legislative Days, where I met with committees members, advocates, businesses and colleagues about the upcoming Legislative Session and advocacy efforts. It was good to get back in the building and make plans for next session. Efforts to tackle climate change, pass safe storage, and public records transparency were all discussed. What would your top issue for 2020 be? Send me an email and let my office know.


Thanks for being engaged in your state government. As ever, please reach out by phone or email with questions, concerns, or comments.



Representative Barbara Smith Warner
House District 45

email: Rep.BarbaraSmithWarner@oregonlegislature.gov I phone: 503-986-1445
address: 900 Court St NE, H-295, Salem, OR 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/smithwarner