January 2020 Update

Representative Smith Warner

Updates & Upcoming Events

Friends and Neighbors,

This year’s short (35 days) legislative session is fast approaching, and I am eager to join my colleagues in passing some of the unfinished business from the 2019 session, especially the strongest possible bill to address carbon emissions and climate disruption. You can follow our progress at OLIS throughout the session; in the meantime, I wanted to update you on some of my colleagues and staff.

Constituent Update

In my last newsletter there was a typo stating the wrong day of the week for our upcoming Joint Town Hall with Rep. Keny-Guyer and Senator Dembrow. Please see below for the corrected information:

When: Saturday February 1st, 3-4:30pm

Where: Franklin High School Library, 5405 SE Woodward St, Portland, OR 97206

Who: Constituents, advocates, and members of the public

What: Legislators will provide updates ahead of session and leave time for Q&A. 

Refreshments and activities for kids will be available, so please bring your family.

Last week we learned that veteran lawmaker and my dear friend Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer will be serving her last session. Since her appointment to the legislature nearly a decade ago, Alissa has kept us focused on equity and diversity in the legislature. Alissa is my friend, legislative district neighbor and frequent carpool companion --  I will miss her passion and commitment to building a more just Oregon for all, and commit to carrying on her beliefs.


We also have a new caucus member, Representative Akasha Lawrence Spence, who was sworn in on January 24th to represent House District 36 in place of former Representative Jennifer Williamson. Rep. Lawrence Spence brings a wide range of experience as a small business owner, founder of a non-profit, and community activist.  I am thrilled for her to  join our House Democratic Caucus and serve the people of House District 36.


Staff Updates


Lucy Williams is now working as my legislative assistant. Lucy is passionate about shaping spaces that build community capacity through public service and local politics, and has prior experience working in various political capacities, community focused programs and social justice causes.  

My previous Legislative Assistant, Zoe Bluffstone, is now working in the House Majority Office as the Deputy Legislative and Communications Director, where she will focus on education, economic development, and gun violence prevention policy work.                                                                                                


Experience the Capitol as an Honorary Page!

The Honorary Page Program is a chance for young Oregonians to come to Salem to experience firsthand the legislative - or lawmaking - process. Students between the ages of 12 and 17 can apply for this unique program where they will spend a day engaged in a living history and civics lesson. For more information please click on the application for the honorary page program.



Representative Barbara Smith Warner
House District 45, House Majority Leader

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