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 the state.
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 unusual syndrome.
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.