Thank you for visiting my legislative website.
I am honored to serve the residents of southern Jackson County for a second term in the Oregon Legislature. House District 5 includes Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, the southwest corner of Medford, Jacksonville and Ruch, and spans from the Applegate to the Green Springs. I'm convinced my district has the state's most passionate and involved constituents. I welcome your input and your partnership as we tackle the issues facing families and communities across the state.
Community Resilience & COVID-19:
The COVID-19 crisis has changed everything about the way we work, do business, shop for groceries, maintain our health and find emotional solace. We are all learning new ways to undertake ordinary daily tasks and engage with friends and family. For those of you who are looking for assistance, please use the links to community resources provided here on my home page. If you find yourself in a position to help others during this time, there are also a variety of ways to give and volunteer included here.
Pandemic response and recovery will guide the legislature in the next biennium, and it will require government to be more creative, innovative, and efficient than ever before. I believe that our priorities must include:
- Economic development strategies to support business and ensure that every community has a strong, diverse economic base.
- A deep commitment to equity and a focus on reversing systemic racial disparities.
- Targeted investment in a comprehensive early childhood system to help providers survive the pandemic and provide families with high quality, affordable childcare.
- Innovative strategies to effectively move people out of homelessness and address the state's housing shortage.
- Funding for our Medicaid system to serve increased demand caused by the economic downturn.
- Resources to ensure that our post-high school training and education system, including Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University, can serve the diverse needs of students, families, and employers.
While COVID-19 is currently my primary focus, I will continue my work on these priorities:
My highest priority is to pass meaningful and effective policy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. I will continue working with colleagues, statewide stakeholders and constituents on legislation to address emissions and help communities respond to climate impacts already on the ground, including wildfire and drought.
Wildfire mitigation, response and resilience are paramount in my District and many rural communities across the State. I am advocating for policies and funding that will help us mitigate risk and respond to the economic, health and environmental impacts of smoke and fire.
With over 400,000 Oregon residents lacking internet, and at least 27 school districts with no or minimal service, I pursued the passage of legislation in 2020 to create an ongoing source of funding that supports broadband in unserved and underserved communities and expands services into rural areas. Now, in the face of COVID, it is critical that we continue to address service gaps and supply fast internet to all Oregonians for education, health care, business, social and spiritual needs, entertainment and more.
In 2019, I was elected by my colleagues to serve on the House Democratic Leadership Team as Assistant House Majority Leader. I currenlty serve on the Joint Committee On Information Management and Technology; Ways and Means Subcommittee On General Government (co-chair); and on the House Committee on Economic Development; Housing and Revenue (vice chair). I am also proud to serve as a member of the Governor's Council on Wildfire Response, the State Broadband Advisory Council, and Oregon Retirement Savings Board.
A thousand thanks for your support – I am so honored to be your voice for Southern Oregon. As always, please be in touch with your concerns, questions and feedback.
Representative Pam Marsh
Oregon House District 5