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I am announcing my retirement from the Oregon Legislature after seven terms as the House District 32 representative. I will serve out my current term which ends January 2019 but I will not run for re-election.
I have served on most House committees throughout these past 15 years focusing on issues that concern my constituents and many Oregonians. Some of the bills that I sponsored include ocean policy & fisheries issues such as HB4068 (2012) the ByCatch bill that allows non-targeted species to be processed and distributed through the food banks; HJM 3, Seafood Marketing Initiative (2013) which promoted our coastal fisheries, and several more.
Perhaps the most far-reaching and critical is HR3, Oregon Resilience Plan, which took a 170 person statewide committee a year to draft. The next step for the ORP, implementation, was co-sponsored by a senate colleague and outlined the process of putting the ORP in action for all of Oregon. That also took one year to draft. Another area of focus for me which is related to the Resilience Plan is the development of local renewable energy infrastructure so that we will have our power up and running after the Cascadia event, floods and big storms, etc. When we realized just how big these efforts were going to be we passed HB2270 that established a Resilience Officer within the Governor’s office. Veterans are a special group of constituents for me and I was able to serve on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs for most of my time in the legislature and see the Governor’s Task Force 5 page list of bills almost completed.
I have represented Oregon on Pacific NW Economic Region, PNWER, for my entire service as well as Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force, PFLTF, and 10 years on Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, OSSPAC. These connections with legislators from other states and provinces have been integral to completing legislation that benefits regions in addition to my district. Relationships have been forged over the years that will last far beyond my time in Salem.
My office has assisted hundreds of constituents over the years and we have worked collaboratively with colleagues on both sides of the aisle on thousands of pieces of legislation.
The last two years have been very difficult for me with the challenges of being a full-time caretaker for my husband who was fighting brain cancer. Fortunately, technology, a very special State Senator, Betsy Johnson, and my very capable staff made it possible for me to continue to do my job even from afar when necessary. I am forever in their debt.
I would like to thank the citizens of my district for the honor and privilege of serving as their state representative for 15 years.