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With Senator Roblan from left to right are: Maria Baker, AnneliseMoss, Miss Lane County 2014, Diana Sticker, Founding Member ofDecoding Dyslexia Oregon, and Jen Cappalonga. 
For more on DecodingDyslexia, please visit, a grassroots movement driven by Oregon families and educators who recognize the need for conversations with our schooldistricts and policy makers regarding  dyslexia
Senator Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) named Chair of the Education Committee and member of the Joint Ways & Means Committee
SALEM –Senator Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) is pleased to report to District 5 constituents that, in the next legislative session, he will begin service as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, will be a member of Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education.
“As someone who has spent most of my adult life in the field of education, I am looking forward to working with Gov. John Kitzhaber and my colleagues to secure better results for Oregon public schools,” Roblan said. The Senator plans to focus on improving K-12 program delivery systems, increasing support services for students, helping young people to overcome barriers to academic success and increasing graduation rates by closing ethnic/racial and urban/rural education gaps.
The appointment of Senator Roblan to Chair the Senate Committee on Education comes as no surprise to those working in the education arena.  His expertise on education issues is rooted in over three decades as an educator and principal at Marshfield High School.
"Senator Roblan’s leadership in the House and his commitment to educational issues are well respected among his colleagues,” said Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem). “Senator Roblan is uniquely qualified to lead the Senate’s Education Committee.  I can think of no other individual in the State of Oregon who is better prepared to help us find solutions to many of the nagging problems that have plagued our education system over the year than Arnie Roblan. This position is well deserved,” Senator Courtney concluded.
Senator Roblan's appointment to the powerful Ways and Means Committee and his seat on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education put him in a pivotal position to successfully shepherd needed education-related legislation through the Senate. 
Students of the The Confederated Tribes of Siletz with Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

Coos Bay Town Hall with

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler

State Senator Arnie Roblan and Rep. Caddy McKeown will join Treasurer Ted Wheeler at a Town Hall scheduled for Thursday, January 22, 7:00 p.m., at the Coos Bay Library. Treasurer Ted Wheeler chaired the Retirement Savings Task Force to address the crisis created by the woeful status of savings and retirement planning in our state. 
Oregon’s senior population is expected to double in the next 20 years. Roughly half of employees have no retirement savings option at work. One in six Oregonians aged 45-64 has less than $5,000 in a retirement savings account.  Treasurer Wheeler noted that failure to save adequately for retirement will likely lead to increased burdens on costly social services. 
Treasurer Wheeler will discuss in more detail the Task Force’s recommendations on providing a voluntary, portable, and secure way for Oregonians to consistently save some of the money they earn.  
Funding for seniors has long been a priority for Senator Roblan and his Senate Democrats.  He will work with his colleagues in the upcoming Session to continue this commitment to helping seniors and work on the Retirement Savings Task Force's recommendations.

Senator Roblan will also host a series of town halls throughout the District after the Legislature convenes for January 12 – 14 Organizational Session.  As usual, the public is strongly encouraged to attend and talk about the issues that are critical to our region, to find out what local seniors, working families and other residents see as the main concerns and how we can address them together. 
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