Barnhart to Chair Rules and Revenue House
Nathanson to Serve as Vice Chair of Ways and
Speaker-designee Dave Hunt announced today that State Rep. Arnie
Roblan will chair the Oregon House Rules Committee and State Rep.
Phil Barnhart will serve his second term as chair of the House
Revenue Committee. Hunt also said that State Rep. Nancy Nathanson
will serve as vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee for the
second straight session.
“These are critical committees as we work on important areas of
reforming government to make it more responsive to the needs of
Oregon citizens in these difficult economic times,” said Hunt
(D-Clackamas County). “Representatives Barnhart, Nathanson and
Roblan are experienced leaders who will help guide the work and
shape the agenda of what we expect will be a very productive
Barnhart (D-Central Lane/Linn counties) was first elected in 2000.
As chair of the House Revenue Committee last year, Barnhart was
instrumental in crafting Oregon’s first Rainy Day Fund, giving tax
relief to Oregon’s farmers, fishers, and nurseries and in passing
the landmark Business Energy Tax Credit that is a cornerstone in
Oregon’s plan to establish itself as a leader in the renewable
“Oregon faces tremendous challenges with the declines in state
revenues,” said Barnhart. “How we handle this crisis will largely
determine the future of our education system, health care for
children and the speed with which we rebound from this economic
Roblan (D-Coos Bay) was previously chosen as Speaker Pro-Tem by his
Democratic colleagues. As chair of the Rules Committee, Roblan
will hear legislation concerning initiative and campaign finance
reform, ethics issues surrounding legislators and lobbyists and
other significant legislation.