Excited for the Next Step

Senator Wagner

Stepping Into a New Role

Earlier today, I was elected by my caucus to be the new Senate Majority Leader. Senator Ginny Burdick stepped down from the position earlier this week.

Thank you, Senator Ginny Burdick, for your dedicated service to Oregon. You’ve left a lasting legacy of success that I will strive to continue. Your mentorship and friendship have been an incredible support - I look forward to continuing to work with you in the Senate to pass progressive priorities.

To my colleagues in the Senate, thank you for trusting me to lead the Oregon Senate Democrats. Together, we will get through this crisis and build a stronger Oregon.

Finally, I especially want to thank my family and community for supporting me as I step up to serve Oregon in this exciting and challenging new role. I am very grateful for this opportunity.


Economic and Revenue Forecast Released

This past Wednesday, the Senate and House committes on revenue met in a joint meeting to review the quarterly economic and revenue forecast - you can watch the meeting at this link.

The situation is evolving quickly as legislators, the Governor's Office, and other stakeholders evaluate programs, budget reserves, and the potential for additional aid from the federal government directed toward state and local governments. If you're interested in learning more, some key documents are available at the links below:

Senate Education Committee Meeting

On Tuesday, June 2, the Senate Interim Committee on Education will meet at 12:00pm to discuss the impact of the coronavirus and the revenue forecast on K-12 and higher education in the state, as well as how institutions have transitioned to distance learning.

The committee agenda is posted and you can find additional information at the committee's website.

Holiday Weekend & County Reopening



As we enter the Memorial Day holiday weekend, please take a moment to review this FAQ sheet put together by Governor Brown's office. The takeaway: please stay in your local community if possible this weekend. For more guidance on the phased reopening approach, please visit the Governor's COVID-19 website.

Below, you'll find updates on the status of re-opening for each of the counties in Senate District 19.

Clackamas County Updates

Earlier this week, Clackamas County submitted its reopening application. Governor Kate Brown announced today that Clackamas County can begin entering Phase I of reopening on Saturday, May 23. 

Multnomah County Updates

Multnomah County hasn't submitted a reopening application yet. You can follow the county's progess at their reopening website.

Washington County Updates

Washington County submitted their application to the state for reopening today, with the goal of entering Phase I on June 1. View Washington County's status on the Reopening Criteria.

Reach Out if You Need Assistance

As we continue to adapt to life amid a pandemic and a phased reopening, I know that many are struggling. There aren't often easy answers to the challenges we face, but please consider me and my team as a resource. We will do our best to connect you with support and help you work through the many unique issues that have surfaced with the coronavirus response.

Be well, take care, and wishing you a safe and restful Memorial Day weekend.


State Senator Rob Wagner

email: Sen.RobWagner@OregonLegislature.gov I phone: 503-986-1719
address: 900 Court St NE, S-215, Salem, OR, 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/wagner