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Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward

Democrat - District 17 - NW Portland/Beaverton

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1717, District Phone: 503-547-3543
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-215, Salem, Oregon 97301
District Mailing Address: PO Box 2281, Portland, Oregon 97208



PersonalCelebrating my 50th birthday in 2013

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 with our youngest teenage daughter. Our middle daughter is a freshman at Harvard University, 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).


When I'm not at the Capitol, I serve as a family physician at OHSU where I work to provide primary care to both children and adults and currently serve as the Director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Breast Health Education Program. I have served on the Board of the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians since 1999, including as President from 2011-2012.

Civic Involvement

As a medical professional, I firmly support healthcare accessibility and am passionate about making this a reality. Until we reach the point of universal access to high-quality, affordable primary care, I will continue to provide medical care at a safety net clinic for uninsured patients. Educating our youth remains one of my primary concerns which is why, outside the office, I can frequently be found volunteering at my children's school, including as a member of the Board, and served as a Girl Scout troop leader and camp physician for ten years. Despite my busy schedule, I remain active within my congregation and have been 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.

The committees I serve on include Senate Health Care and Human Services, Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Ways & Means Sub-Committee on Human Services, and as Co-Chair of the Ways & Means Sub-Committee on General Government.

Primary Legislative Issues

Affordable Health Care

As a doctor, improving our health care system is one of my  primary concerns. I believe that the goal should be a health care system that makes high-quality primary care accessible and  affordable for everyone. That is why, along with legislators like Sen. Alan Bates, Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, Rep. Mitch Greenlick, and Rep. Tina Kotek, I actively promoted the passage of the recent landmark health care reform measures. This legislative package, along with the award of federal dollars that make implementation possible, have put Oregon on the map again as a national leader in health care reform. 

Important Bills Passed in the 2013 Legislative Session

  • Improved access to affordable health care and strengthen our health care workforce statewide (HB 2216, SB 440, SB 569)

School Class Sizes
Another grave concern relates to the ever-increasing class sizes in our local schools.  Although we added over $1 billion to K-12 funding for the 2013-2015 biennium, we have a long way to go to reach appropriate class sizes and a longer school year. We must also add back music, art, physical education and other important components of K-12 education. 

Important Bills Passed in the 2013 Legislative Session

  • Prioritized funding for K-12 education to keep teachers in the classroom and reduce class sizes (SB 5519)


Success of Small, Local Businesses

In this time of tight budgets, we must set clear priorities to make Oregon a better place to own a small business and raise a family. There is great opportunity in strengthening the connections between small businesses and our Community Colleges to actively deliver relevant job training and skills to our citizens. Practical steps include ensuring local employers have access to capital and loans so they can create jobs, and that local businesses get priority when it comes to bidding on state contracts to ensure that our tax dollars are put to work in our communities. We must reduce healthcare costs for small businesses to ensure that they can grow their businesses and provide family wage jobs.


mportant Bills Passed in the 2013 Legislative Session

  • Helped businesses grow by improving access to capital, increasing availability of industrial lands, and streamlining economic development programs (HB 2323, SB 246)
  • Supported Oregon workers and businesses by promoting use of local goods and services (HB 3400)
  • Promoted a level playing field for businesses and make it easier for small and minority-owned businesses to work with state government (SB 831)
  • Helped local governments fund economic development and infrastructure improvements so small businesses can grow and create family-wage jobs (SB 82, SB 24, HB 223, HB 2254)


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