For more than 20 years, Representative Andrea Salinas
has worked on the front lines of politics, to protect and pass policies that
help women and children, working people, seniors and the environment. Andrea first
served as an intern to Senator Dianne Feinstein in her San Francisco district
office, then as legislative staff to Senator Harry Reid, as tax and trade
policy advisor to Congressman Pete Stark and finally as a district aide to
Congresswoman Darlene Hooley.
Prior to becoming a legislator, Andrea worked as an
advocate in Salem to help provide Oregon families with a fair shot by
increasing the minimum wage, fighting climate change and providing
comprehensive reproductive health care coverage to all Oregon women.
Andrea was appointed to the legislature in September
2017 and won her first election in 2018. Since that time, she has been working
to lower the price of prescription drugs, prevent bankruptcy from medical debt,
increase the legal remedies for victims of strangulation, and improve sexual
harassment investigations in K-12 schools.
Andrea quickly assumed leadership roles in the legislature where
she serves as the Chair of the House Committee on Health Care, Chair of the House Committee on Behavioral Health, Co-Chair of the
Oregon Complete Count Committee, and Assistant Majority Leader.
In addition, Andrea serves on the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services, the House Committee on Energy & Environment, the Willamette Falls Locks Commission,
and the Oregon Public Employees’ Benefit Board.
Andrea earned her BA in psychology from the University of
California, Berkeley. She lives in Lake Oswego with her husband Chris, daughter
Amelia and labradoodle Cooper.