Nathan Soltz (He/Him/His)
Chief of Staff
Nathan has been my Chief of Staff since December 2019. He has worked in my office each session since my first in the Senate in 2017. Before working for me, he worked for Senator Dr. Alan Bates, his Senator for his hometown of Medford. During the 2019 interim, he worked for Senator Jeff Golden, also representing Medford.
A first-generation college graduate and the son of an immigrant from El Salvador, Nathan earned degrees from Western Oregon University in both philosophy and psychology; while at WOU, he was active in student government, his senior year serving as president of the student senate. As Senate President, Nathan led the fight for WOU's student government to be Oregon's first-ever to endorse on ballot measure campaigns, a successful endeavor which led to the legislature passing a bill to make such action easier for other public universities. Nathan is also a familiar face in Oregon Democratic politics, being politically involved since 2015 and currently serving as the Chair of the state party's Latino Caucus, 2nd Congressional District Committee and Platform & Resolutions Committee. In 2016, at the age of 19, he was Oregon's youngest-ever Democratic National Convention delegate and is a 2020 Democratic presidential elector.
Nathan lives in Medford, collects watches and enjoys watching horror movies in his (little) free time.
Kate Bentz (She/Her/Hers)
Kate joined our office in July 2020 as a summer intern, helping us with constituent services. She is a senior at the University of Oregon, majoring in planning, public policy and management. She has been a great asset to our office in helping serve our constituents during the ongoing public health crisis, particularly with regards to assisting them with unemployment issues.