Mitch Greenlick (D, HD33) was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2002. House District 33 comprises Northwest Portland, Northwest Multnomah County and Northeast Washington County. He serves a Chair of the House Committee on Health Care, a post he has held since 2007. He also serves on the House Committee on Land Use and on the Ways and Means Sub-committee on Human Services. In past sessions he has served on the House Committee on Transportation, on the House Committee on Education and its Higher Education Sub-committee, on the House Rules Committee and as vice-chair of the House Committee on Land Use.
Representative Greenlick was the sponsor or the chief co-sponsor of five bills signed by the Governor during his freshman session in 2003. During the 2005 Session he successfully passed eight bills in which he was the sponsor or the chief co-sponsor. The key bills for which Mitch led the fight in 2003 were the venture capital bill (HB3613), the bulk prescription purchasing bill (SB 875), the patient safety bill (HB 2340). In 2005 he sponsored a bill to change HIV testing procedures during ob visits (HB 2706), several annexation bills, and a bill to make Oregon the first state to require safe handling of airbags containing sodium azide when an automobile is dismantled.(HB 2507). He successfully sponsored several key bills during the 2007 session and was an architect of SB 329, the bill which created the Oregon Health Fund Board.
Mitch was the chief petitioner for the HOPE for Oregon Families Initiative. The HOPE initiative campaign was an unsuccessful attempt to put a constitutional amendment on the November, 2006 ballot, although 116,000 signatures backed the initiative. If passed, the HOPE would have put the right to health care into the Oregon constitution.
Mitch received his BS and MS from Wayne State University in Detroit and his Ph.D. in Medical Care Organization from the University of Michigan. In addition to his duties as a legislator, Mitch is professor emeritus and past chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the Medical School of OHSU. Mitch was director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and Vice President for Research, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals for more than 30 years, until he retired from KP in 1995.
He served as a Trustee of the Northwest Health Foundation for ten years through 2008. Mitch was elected to the National Academies of Science’s Institute of Medicine in 1971. In 1995 he was awarded the Presidential Award by the Association for Health Services Research (now Academy Health) for his life-time achievements in health services research. In 2005 he was awarded the “Public Health Genius” award by the Community Health Partnership and the “Lifetime Achievement” award by the Oregon Public Health Association. He has published more than 200 books, articles and papers.