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Representative Ed Diehl

Hello House District 17

It is an honor to serve the residents of the new House District 17!  HD17 encompasses much of East Salem and also includes Sunnyside, Turner, Aumsville, Sublimity, Stayton, parts of Scio, Lyons, Mehama, Mill City, Gates, Detroit, Breitenbush Hot Springs, and Idanha.  All the Oregon districts were redrawn this year, so some of you may not know which district you are in.  At the bottom of this newsletter you'll find a link to a detailed map where you can enter your address and confirm your district.

If I haven't met you yet, I look forward to connecting.  In the meantime here's a bit more information about me.

Team Real Diehl

Let me introduce you to Team Real Diehl!

Many of you already know my Chief of Staff, Jamie Diehl.  Jamie is putting her many years of work experience to good use!  She is helping me with policy, drafting bills, filling in for me in meetings when my schedule overflows, helping to push our legislation through the process to make sure our bills get a hearing in committee and, most importantly, helping to read every bill before I take a vote.  

Our Legislative Aide, Kolby Cooper, is enjoying his first legislative session. Prior to joining our team, he was working on campaigns as a Grassroots Coordinator and Campaign Manager at NewMedia NW and Senate Republican CAUCUS. In his free time, he enjoys travel, spending time with his dogs Moe and Sully, or trying his hand at the card table. 

Swearing in Ceremony, January 9th, 2023

Rep and Dahlia

January has been a busy month.  We moved into our new office and attended orientation training where I learned, among many other important items, where the bathrooms are located!  I was sworn in on January 9th with my sweet, beautiful, and bright Goddaughter Dahlia by my side.  And then we got right to business.  We have over 1,800 bills to promote, support, oppose, and otherwise track, so we've got a lot of work ahead of us this session.

Our Committees

House Committee on Behavioral Health and Health Care
House Committee on Economic Development and Small Business
Joint Committee on Semiconductors
Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services
House Committee on Conduct

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Priorities Update

We are working on a number of bills and funding requests, covering all the issues of importance for our state and our district.  Here is a sampling: 

HB 3022 - Status: Scheduled for hearing on February 8th


This bill prohibits the Oregon DEQ from adopting or enforcing rules or standards related to motor vehicle fuels or emissions unless authorized by the Legislative Assembly.

Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission recently adopted rules which will require all new cars sold in Oregon to be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. As I heard loud and clear in meetings throughout the district, this rule making exceeds the authority of an administrative agency. This is a major new policy that requires representation, deliberation and debate in the Legislative Assembly.  I need your help to pass this bill, so register to testify today!  Read more below on what testifying is, and how it works.

HB 3188 - Status: Awaiting Referral to Committee

Marion County will receive the same exemption as two other counties, to use their personnel, instead of ODOT, to determine local speed limits. This exemption should expedite the decision-making process.

HB 2953 - Status: Awaiting Referral to Committee

Allows the State Forester to order use of wildfire suppression personnel, equipment and services on federal lands within state borders. This will allow a significantly faster response and improve wildfire readiness for our district, and across the State.

CAPITAL FUNDING REQUEST - Aumsville Wastewater System Improvement
I am working to support and promote this Capital Funding request, that is important to the Aumsville community. The project will protect the water quality of Beaver Creek and the waterways downstream, enhance public health, achieve compliance with the new permit, and avoid high fines. 

We Need You

Get involved!

We need you to testify at committee hearings! The process has changed.

The legislative process works best when citizens actively engage in the process.  Don't let your voice get drowned out by activists and lobbyists that do not represent your interests.  If you want change in this state, YOU need to be a part of that change!  One thing you can do is testify for or against bills as they are presented in committee hearings.

In Oregon, the action on bills is in committee.  When a bill gets a hearing, the bill is presented by the sponsors (typically a legislator) and then key supporters are invited to make their case for the bill.  Opponents of the bill are sometimes invited to testify.  Every bill has an opportunity for public testimony for and against.  This can be in person, virtually, or via written testimony.

Due to recent changes, you must register online in advance to provide verbal testimony during a committee meeting. Registration closes one hour before the scheduled start time of the meeting.

Get all the info here: 

How to get involved


New District


With redistricting now in place there is a new look to House District 17. So friends, some of you might not be in the district anymore, while others are in the District for the first time. If you do not know, click the image above and it will take you to an interactive map where you can insert your address and see for yourself.

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1417
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-378, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Rep.EdDiehl@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/diehl​