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Picture of Legislature SessionOregon needs you, which is why it has the most accessible voting system in the country and the nation's longest-standing initiative system.

Vote

Picture of Governor Kate Brown shaking hands with a woman Voting is more than just filling in an oval: It's making an informed decision. Oregon sends ballots and informative voters' pamphlets out weeks in advance, giving you ample time to research candidates and issues.

Find out more about voting in Oregon.

Inspire, Promote and be a  Catalyst for Change

Lawmaking is a collaborative process between legislators and the people they represent. Consider your skills and think about how you can best improve your community. Do you enjoy public speaking? Consider testifying to a committee. Do you have project management skills? Work for a political action committee.

Picture of a meeting in sessionDon't feel ready for state government? Consider getting involved locally.

Discover more ways you can enact change.

Volunteer

Picture of a meeting in sessionTime is a valuable asset. If you have even a little time to spare, consider volunteering at the Capitol, for your elected officials, or for a campaign. Volunteer jobs give you a chance to experience lawmaking first-hand, and if you're considering a political career, an insider's look into government.

Volunteer now.

Run for Office

Legislators who represent Oregonians are ordinary people from all walks of life. They're teachers, doctors, lawyers, business people, students, homemakers and retired folk. If you're connected with your community and feel like you understand its needs, and have the drive to be a strong advocate, consider an elected position. Candidates must be 21, and live in the district they hope to represent.

Many state senators and representatives started in local government.
Consider serving your city or neighborhood.

Discover how you can run for office.

  

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Watch Your Legislators at Work

Oregon legislative hearings can be watched online!

 

"Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better."

— Gov. Tom McCall

 

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