Ginny Burdick is currently serving as the Majority Leader of the Oregon Senate, after serving five years as Senate President Pro Tempore. She represents Oregon Senate District 18, which includes portions of West Portland and Tigard.
First elected to the Senate in 1996, Burdick has served as chair of the Judiciary Committee, the Finance and Revenue Committee, and co-chair of the Marijuana Legalization Committee. She currently chairs the Senate Committee on Rules and Executive Appointments.
Senator Burdick is one of the Legislature's leading advocates for gun safety legislation. In the 2017 Legislative Session, she joined with Republican Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, to sponsor Oregon's Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law. Oregon's ERPO is a tool to help prevent suicide and other harmful behavior by removing dangerous weapons from people in crisis. Similar to Washington's Extreme Risk Protection Order – a ballot measure that passed statewide with about 70 percent of the vote in November 2016 – Oregon's ERPO allows a process for keeping deadly weapons away from a person whom the court finds to be at risk of suicide or being a danger to others.
Other accomplishments of the 2017 Legislative Session include being a Chief Sponsor of House Bill 3464, which enables public entities to protect sensitive immigration information, unless required to divulge it through court order or a federal or state law. It strengthens Oregon's privacy protections by setting clear guidelines regarding how identifying information should be shared by public entities with the federal government. The bill will provide greater stability for immigrant families in our state, who now will have less to fear.
Sen. Burdick worked throughout the 2017 Session to support a number of crucial democratic priorities, including:
· Bridging a $1.4 billion budget gap;
· A historic $5.3 billion transportation package to revitalize Oregon's infrastructure;
· Fighting for equal pay for equal work;
· Ensuring predictable scheduling for workers;
· Expanding reproductive health services for Oregon women; and
· Closing the health insurance gap for children across our state.
Sen. Burdick is a native of Portland. She attended Chapman and Bridlemile elementary schools and is a graduate of Wilson High School. She earned her bachelor's degree 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, competitive scrabble and attending her book groups.