Senator Sara Gelser
Democrat - District 8 - Corvallis
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1708
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-405, Salem, Oregon 97301
Sara Gelser has served in the Oregon Legislature since 2005.
After serving in the Oregon House for nine years, she was elected to the
Oregon State Senate in 2015. She is Chair of the Senate Human Services
Committee and sits on the Human Service Budget Committee. She serves on the Senate Education Committee,
Senate Workforce Committee, and the Senate Conduct Committee. She
served as Chair of the House Education Committee for six years, and also spent nine years serving on the House Revenue Committee.
Senator Gelser’s legislative accomplishments include
strengthening Oregon’s rape statute, the creation of a charitable pharmacy
program, the establishment of statewide standards for modified and extended
diplomas, expanding Oregon's mandatory child abuse reporting law, limiting the
use of seclusion and restraint in public schools, strengthening protections for
seniors and people with disabilities who are victims of abuse and neglect,
limiting youth access to smokeless tobacco products, and reducing barriers for
access to medical and support services for children with disabilities. In 2007,
Sara spearheaded Karly’s Law which improves child abuse investigations across
She served on the Corvallis School Board from 2001 until August
of 2006. Prior to her legislative service, Representative Gelser worked as the
Children with Disabilities and Family Support Coordinator for the Oregon
Department of Human Services and as a parent educator for Linn-Benton Community
College and the Oregon Parent Training and and Information Center. Gelser is
the founder of the FG Syndrome Family Alliance, a non-profit organization
serving families and medical professionals around the world touched by this
Gelser earned her BA in history and education from Earlham
College in Richmond, Indiana, and an MAIS degree from Oregon State University.
She lives in Corvallis with her family.