Senate Majority Leader
Democrat - District 18 - Portland
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1700
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-223, Salem, Oregon 97301
Ginny Burdick was elected as Majority Leader of the Oregon Senate in September 2015, after serving for five years as Senate President Pro Tempore. She represents Senate District 18 in West Portland and Tigard.
First elected to the Senate in 1996, Burdick has served as chair of the Judiciary Committee and the Finance and Revenue Committee. She currently serves as co-chair of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization.
Senator Burdick is one of the Legislature's leading advocates for gun safety legislation. When the Legislature failed to close the gun show loophole in 1999, she joined with two Oregon Sheriffs to sponsor Ballot Measure 5, an initiative requiring criminal background checks at gun shows. Measure 5 was passed by Oregon voters in November 2000 with 62 percent of the vote statewide, and has cut down on the flow of illegal guns from gun shows.
Other accomplishments include being the Chief Sponsor of the Clean Indoor Air Act in 2007. This bill provides nearly all Oregon employees with clean air, free of secondhand smoke, in their workplaces. Senator Burdick also co-authored the bi-partisan methamphetamine package in 2005 that passed the Legislature overwhelmingly. This bill has been credited with the virtual elimination of home methamphetamine labs in Oregon. She proudly carried anti-discrimination and civil union legislation for LGBT Oregonians in 2009.
In her non-legislative career, Senator Burdick is a communications consultant, specializing in crisis communications. Her previous private sector experience includes Vice President at Gard Communications in Portland; Environmental Policy Director at Atlantic Richfield Company in Los Angeles; director of environmental studies for Government Research Corporation in Washington, D.C and ten years in the news business as a reporter and editor in Portland, Salem, Eugene and Washington, D.C.
Senator Burdick is a native of Portland. She attended Chapman and Bridlemile elementary schools and is a graduate of Wilson High School. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Puget Sound in 1969 and her Masters in Journalism from the University of Oregon in 1973. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking and attending her book clubs.