I'm Nancy Nathanson, State Representative for District 13 in the House of Representatives, and you've found my website. Welcome! I am proud to represent District 13, which includes north Eugene's Harlow, Cal Young, Northeast, Goodpasture, River Road, and Santa Clara neighborhoods. My contact information can be found on this page, and you can find my newsletters, testimony, legislative priorities, and more.
Since I was first elected to this office, I have devoted much of my effort to strengthen consumer protection laws, increase access and quality of education, streamline government and enhance accountability measures, and respond to constituents' concerns, ideas, and special needs, both in the Eugene area and statewide. For example, in recent years I have passed legislation to protect seniors and vulnerable Oregonians from unscrupulous guardians, and from infectious disease spread in residential care facilities; protect affordable housing in manufactured home parks; eliminate onerous fees on college student debit cards, protect college students' pre-paid tuition, ensure a minimum standard of justice in local courts statewide, and to increase access to affordable healthcare in rural and medically underserved areas and in schools. I've passed legislation to increase accountability in public contracting and shed light on “dark money" in campaign spending. For a full list of legislation that I have passed click here
With help from constituents and community organizations, I have introduced legislation to address a number of different topics in the 2023 legislative session. Some of those are:
- New affordable housing options, including Limited Equity Housing Co-Ops (LEHC) such as Square One Village's Peace Village Co-op in Eugene;
- Help for local organizations to meet the challenges of serving youth in early learning and residential care (e.g. Relief Nurseries, and Looking Glass Community Services);
- For consumers and local pharmacies, reining in the costs and burdens imposed by the prescription drug “middlemen" called Pharmacy Benefit Managers;
- State support for smarter government, public safety and emergency response, and consumer protection: 9-1-1 call centers; Urban Search and Rescue; Cybersecurity Center of Excellence;
- First time homebuyers: aid with upfront costs like down payments, counseling and advising services, and closing costs;
- High performance rail: investments in passenger and freight rail infrastructure, strengthen collaborative planning efforts between Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, and ensure that improved, frequent rail service extends to include Eugene.
I have a gavel again – as Chair of House Committee on Revenue and another as Co-Chair of Joint Committee on Information Technology and Management. I'll once again serve on the Joint Transportation Committee and Joint Legislative Audit Committee. (As a reminder, joint committees have members from both House and Senate, and co-chairs to determine agendas and manage meetings.)
While the past couple of sessions have been especially challenging because of the pandemic and the difficulties that come with meeting remotely, I am excited to be back in our State Capitol working alongside my colleagues to improve the lives of my constituents and all Oregonians.
Please don't hesitate to contact my office if I can be of service to you.