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Legislator PhotoSenator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward

Democrat - District 17 - NW Portland/Beaverton

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1717
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-213, Salem, Oregon 97301
District Mailing Address: PO Box 2281, Portland, Oregon 97208





I have called Oregon home since 1991. While I grew up on the east coast, my husband, Michael, and I currently live in unincorporated Multnomah County. Our youngest daughter currently attends Macalester College, our middle daughter recently graduated from Harvard University and now lives in Chicago, and my oldest daughter and her partner make their home in northeast Portland.








After receiving my undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and my medical degree from the University of Massachusetts, I moved to the great northwest where I completed my residency in Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).



Occupation and Civic Involvement

When I'm not at the Capitol, I work at Oregon Health & Sciences University where I teach medical students and residents as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine.

As a citizen, education remains one of my top priorities. While my children were in school, I frequently volunteered at their school, and currently remain on the Catlin Gabel Board of Trustees. For many years, I served as a Girl Scout Troop leader and camp physician, and I have remained active with my congregation on the board or clergy search committees of Congregation Neveh Shalom since 2004.

In December of 2011, I was first appointed to the Oregon Senate.  With strong support from my district, I returned to the Senate in 2012. My primary areas of combined concern and expertise include creating an affordable healthcare system, improving education statewide, improving the economy for small and local businesses, and building a balanced state budget.

The committees I currently serve on include:

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