Hello, and welcome to my legislative website. To see more information in the left panel, please use the scroll bar and select links to news (newsletters, testimony, handouts and town hall information) and more.
It is my honor to serve the citizens of House District 13 and the rest of Oregon in our State Legislature. I know that times are still tough for many Oregon families. As your Representative, I focus on fair and reasonable outcomes, and recovery from the economic storm.
In the 2015 and 2016 sessions, the 78th Legislative Assembly tackled a wide range of issues. We increased funding for public schools and higher education, allocated money to seismically upgrade school facilities, ensured a retirement program and paid sick leave for workers statewide, raised the minimum wage, fought to preserve affordable housing, and required companies to disclose dangerous chemicals and phase out certain toxics from children's products.
In May I was appointed Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. My portfolio of responsibility has now expanded from human services to cover all areas of the budget, including natural resources, public safety, transportation and economic development, education, and capital construction. I am Co-Chair for two other committees, the Human Services Subcommittee of Joint Ways and Means and the Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology. I also serve on General Government and Legislative Audits committees.
In the past two years I have passed legislation to increase accountability in public contracting, eliminate onerous fees on college student debit cards, protect college students' pre-paid tuition, ensure a minimum standard of justice in local courts statewide, promote training for family caregivers when a loved one leaves the hospital, increase resources for local and state programs promoting revenue-generating tourism, and review and reform the healthcare provider incentive system to increase access to affordable healthcare in rural and medically underserved areas. For a full list of legislation I passed in the 78th Legislative Assembly, click here. Looking toward the remainder of 2016, I will continue to focus on smarter government and increasing accountability, and identifying the most effective ways to address serious challenges including affordable housing, child welfare, and strengthening Oregon's economy.
Please don't hesitate to contact my office if I can be of service to you.