It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the State Senator for District 17 (NW Portland and Beaverton). It's my goal to be of service to you -- my constituents -- and the great state of Oregon. I am committed to making Oregon the healthiest state in the nation, through thoughtful lawmaking, ensuring access to affordable healthcare, enhancing our education system, balancing budgets with financial sustainability in mind, protecting our most vulnerable citizens through robust social service programs, and ensuring a quality of life for every Oregonian through living wages and affordable housing.
In 2011, I decided to run for office because I wanted to make Oregon the healthiest state in the nation. In my tenure as your State Senator, I've had many accomplishments toward that goal. These include establishing Oregon's CCO system which streamlines and integrates health systems to deliver healthcare more efficiently, and increasing Oregon's vaccination rates. I have also championed policies that work to improve health outcomes for Oregonians by intervening upstream, such as raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 and establishing the nation's first state-wide universally-offered nurse home visiting program.
When I'm not serving in the Legislature, I am a physician practicing Family Medicine at OHSU. My 35 years of experience in healthcare professions have given me a breadth of understanding of state systems that can be transferred to other large systems and agencies in our state government. I've also learned through my time in elected office that in order to make Oregon the healthiest state, we need Oregonians to be well educated, have affordable housing and access to nutritious foods, and need a stable economy to rely on. With my experience as a health care provider and a vision to create the healthiest state in the nation, I continue to work on bridging the gaps where health care, human services, education, and public safety meet. As I have taken on a new role as a Senate Co-Chair of the Full Ways & Means Committee (which oversees Oregon's state budget) beginning in 2019, it has become increasingly clear that a stable, balanced state budget ensures we are best able to properly fund agencies and services Oregonians rely on. This experience has given me a unique and broader perspective when considering the fiscal impacts of new legislation, balancing funding priorities, and maintaining fiscal responsibility by investing intelligently in evidence-based, outcome focused policies and programs.
Originally from Massachusetts, I call Oregon the home that I was meant for. I live in Northwest Portland and have three adult children -- my youngest almost through college, my middle a few years out of college, and my eldest lives in NE Portland with her partner. In the legislative interim, I spend much of my time in the district continuing to learn about the needs and priorities of my community, or attending conferences and seminars where I collaborate with professionals and legislators from other states on how to improve public policy and sound budgets across a wide spectrum of issues.
As always, I value your input, questions, and concerns, and am committed to making Senate District 17, and Oregon, an enjoyable place for all to live, work, raise families, and treasure. Please feel free to contact me about any issue that is of importance to you.
You can reach my office on the phone at (503) 986-1717, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Elizabeth Steiner Hayward MD
(Please note: my full last name is "Steiner Hayward")