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.