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I am honored to serve residents of southern Jackson County for a third 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.
In the wake of multiple crises brought on by the pandemic, catastrophic wildlife, social inequities and a housing shortage, I am committed to taking bold and transformative action in support of all Oregonians—for our health, our environment and our economy.
During the 2021 legislative session, which runs from Jan 19-June 28, I am excited and honored to serve as the Chair of the House Committee On Energy and Environment. Our committee priorities will be shepherding policies to promote energy efficiency, energy affordability and environmental justice; moving Oregon to 100% clean electricity; and overhauling the state's recycling and waste prevention system. This session, I will continue to focus on meaningful and effective policy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
I am also very pleased to serve as Vice-Chair of the House Special Committee On Wildfire Recovery, which is charged with supporting fire-impacted communities as we rebound from the devastation experienced in 2020. Wildfire mitigation, response and resilience are paramount in rural communities across Oregon— I'm advocating for policies and funding that will help us to reduce risk and respond to the devastating impacts of smoke and fire.
In addition, during this session I will serve as a member of the House Committee On Agriculture and Natural Resources, House Committee On Revenue; House Committee On Housing, Joint Committee On Information Management and Technology, and Joint Committee On Tax Expenditures. I will also continue my role as House Democratic Leadership Team as Assistant House Majority Leader.
Make your voice heard!
Given the pandemic, most of the 81st legislative session will be conducted virtually—including all committee hearings. While I yearn for the day when we can safely open the Capitol, virtual operation is a boon for those of us who live hundreds of miles from Salem. Before now, Southern Oregonians were forced to spend four hours each way on the freeway for an opportunity to speak for five minutes in front of a committee. Virtual hearings mean that anyone can testify on a bill or policy via a computer or telephone. You can follow the progress of bills and committees, and sign up to testify, here at the Oregon Legislative Information System.
A thousand thanks for your support – I'm so honored to be your voice for Southern Oregon. You can stay informed about my progress on these priorities and constituent news by sign-up up for my newsletter.
As always, please be in touch with your concerns, questions and feedback.
Representative Pam Marsh
Oregon House District 5