Representative Karin Power grew up in a small town in New Jersey and went to Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts before moving to the west coast. She's spent time in Geneva, Washington, D.C., Boston, Seattle, and Portland before making her home in Milwaukie. Rep. Power and her wife live in Milwaukie with their baby, four chickens, and two rescue dogs. In her other job, Rep. Power is an in-house non-profit attorney for The Freshwater Trust and is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School.
Rep. Power is committed to progress for our environment, for stronger communities and better schools, and for equity and equality. She will put her years of environmental law experience to work by advocating for cleaner water and air in our communities, and protecting Oregon's strong environmental heritage. As a new mother and first time homeowner, Rep. Power knows how crucial stable housing and public education are to building successful families and communities. Rep. Power is also the first LGBT woman elected to serve House District 41. She understands how important it is to make our government more accessible, and will champion equitable policies both for the Oregon we are today and for the generations yet to come.
In addition to her work in the Oregon Legislature and at The Freshwater Trust, Rep. Power is a board member of the Oregon Food Bank and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. In her spare time, she's working on fixer-upper projects for her new (old) 1920s house, and finding out which funny faces make her baby son laugh the hardest.
Representative Power was elected to office in November 2016. Prior to her election, she served as a Milwaukie City Councilor, Chair of the Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee, and as Chair of the Island Station Neighborhood District Association.