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The Oregon Legislature's Water Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group of state legislators and staff committed to fostering a resilient water future for all. The Water Caucus recognizes that tackling complex water challenges ​requires focused leadership, innovation, and long-term commitment to learning and working together. Core functions include facilitating learning, convening conversations, promoting informed decision-making, and elevating the priority of water-related policies and investments. The Caucus includes members of diverse backgrounds and is led with balance across the Legislature's House and Senate as well as the state's major political parties. Please see below for more information about the Caucus and related events, news, and resources. 

 
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Representative Ken Helm​​
Ken Helm representative House District 27, including Beaverton and nearby communities. In addition to serving as a Co-Chair of the Water Caucus, he chairs the House Committee on Agriculture, Land Use, Natural Resources, and Water. Rep. Helm worked as a land use attorney prior to being elected to public service and, outside of legislative work, he enjoys woodworking and fly fishing.

 
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Representative Mark Owens
Mark Owens represents House District 60, including eastern and southeastern Oregon. In addition to serving as a Co-Chair of the Water Caucus, he serves as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, Land Use, Natural Resources, and Water.​ He is a first generation farmer, business owner, and former Harney County Commissioner with firsthand experience helping his community to navigate and collaboratively solve complex water problems. 

 

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Senator Kate Lieber​​
Kate Lieber represents Senate District 14, including Beaverton and southwest Portland. In addition to serving as a Co-Chair of the Water Caucus, she serves as Senate Majority Leader and as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules and Executive Appointments.​ Senator Lieber is a mother of two, a breast cancer survivor, a former community college instructor, and attorney. She sees strong leadership on water as essential to livability in every community across the state.​

 

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Senator Lynn Findley
​Lynn Findley represents Senate District 30, including eastern and southeastern Oregon. In addition to serving as a Co-Chair of the Water Caucus, he serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment.​ Senator Findley grew up in Malheur County on a cattle ranch and spent his career fighting wildfire for the federal government. 

 
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Listed in Alphabetical Order

Representative ​Tom Anderson - HD 19

Representative Court Boice - HD 01

Representative Chaichi Farrah - HD 35

Representative Ed Diehl - HD 17

Representative Lucetta Elmer - HD 24

Senator Lynn Findley - SD 30

Representative Mark Gamba - HD 41

Representative David Gomberg - HD 10

Senator Bill Hansell - SD 29

Representative Annessa Hartman - HD 40

Representative Ken Helm - HD 27

Representative James Hieb - HD 51

Representative Bobby Levy - HD 58

Representative Emerson Levy - HD 53

Senator Kate Lieber - SD 14

Senator Dennis Linthicum - SD 28

Representative Emily McIntire - HD 56

Representative Mark Owens - HD 60

Representative Khan Pham - HD 46

Senator Floyd Prozanski - SD 04

Representative E. Werner Reschke - HD 55

Senator Kathleen Taylor - SD 21

Senator Rob Wagner - SD 19

Representative Jules Walters - HD 37

Senator Suzanne Weber - HD 16

Representative Boomer Wright - HD 09​

 
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​Harmony Burright, Chief of Staff
Harmony Burright supports Water Caucus operations and helps keep members connected to each other and to stakeholders working on myriad water-related issues across the state. Harmony brings with her over 20 years of work in water policy and mangement, with expertise in technical facilitation, public participation, and conflict resolution. 

Water Caucus Contact Info
To learn more about the Water Caucus and its work, please contact Harmony Burright at 541-846-8863 or Harmony.Burright@OregonLegislature.gov. You can also subscribe to receive email updates from the Water Caucus​

 

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​Erin Wheeler, Water Caucus Intern

Erin Wheeler is an intern for Oregon’s Water Caucus and will begin as a graduate student in the Water Resources Policy and Management program at Oregon State University in the fall. Erin has an Environmental Science and Policy degree from Southern Oregon University and experience in conducting stream quality research, working in wetland restoration, and is interested in the relationship between Pacific Northwest communities and water resources.

 
  
  
  
  
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