State Senator Rob Wagner (he/him/his) represents Oregon Senate District 19, which includes the communities of Tualatin, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Rivergrove, Durham and Southwest Portland. In his first session, his colleagues elected him to serve on Senate Leadership in the Majority Whip position. Senator Wagner currently chairs the Senate Education Committee and the Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government. Additionally, Senator Wagner serves on the full Ways and Means Committee and the Ways and Means Subcommittee for Human Services. He has played a key role in the statewide budgeting process, emphasizing fiscal responsibility and strategic investments for critical programs statewide, while listening simultaneously to the needs of his community.
Senator Wagner grew up in his Senate District and graduated from Lake Oswego High School. A sense of dedication to public service was instilled in him at a young age by his parents, who both remain active in their community. Senator Wagner’s mother started the education programs at Tryon Creek State Park, where his father still teaches bird watching. Both of Senator Wagner’s sisters are public school teachers in Portland, and his brother is a park ranger with Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation. Senator Wagner and his wife, Laurie, share four wonderful teenagers — one in junior high and three in high school — and live just down the street from his parents. An avid and lifelong hiker, one of Sen. Wagner’s favorite views in all of Oregon is from the summit of South Sister mountain in the Central Cascades. He also enjoys playing piano, singing and playing guitar.
Senator Wagner received his bachelor’s degree from Portland State University and went on to earn his master's degree in public policy from The George Washington University. His introduction to the Oregon Legislature came early, serving as a legislative aide in the Oregon House of Representatives in the late 1990s. His passion for education led him to a position with American Federation of Teachers Oregon, where he spent a decade advocating for Oregon’s teachers, faculty, healthcare workers and academic support professionals. He went on to become the Associate Vice President of College Advancement for Portland Community College, overseeing community outreach and working to secure student scholarship funding.
Additionally, Senator Wagner continues to volunteer in the community as the newly elected chair of the Lake Oswego School Board. His proudest accomplishments include advocating for student representation on the School Board and the creation of the diversity, equity and inclusion committee.
In his first year in office, Senator Wagner worked with his colleagues to pass legislation that closed the intimate partner loophole, keeping guns out of the hands of convicted stalkers. Believing that healthcare is a human right, Senator Wagner supported legislation that requires greater transparency in prescription drug pricing so that those who depend on life-saving medicine will know they are getting a fair deal.
In the 2019 Legislative Session, Senator Wagner put his passion for education to good use by proposing and passing Senate Bill 52, which requires school districts to pass policies to prevent youth suicide. Another of his key legislative accomplishments, Senate Bill 664, requires Holocaust and genocide education. Senate Bill 3 expands educational opportunity by permitting community colleges to offer applied baccalaureate degree programs.
Senator Wagner has spearheaded legislation with a larger goal of promoting access, equity and inclusiveness in Oregon schools. You can sign up for more updates on key legislation here. Come by the office and he'll share his steel string and a John Denver or Beatles tune.