State Senator Rob Wagner represents Oregon Senate District 19, which includes the communities of Tualatin, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Rivergrove, Durham, and Southwest Portland.
Fulfilling a lifelong dream of serving in the state legislature, Rob Wagner won appointment to the Oregon State Senate in January 2018. Senator Wagner serves on the Senate Committee on Judiciary
, reviewing Oregon’s civil and criminal law. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Human Services
, where he is focusing on protecting our seniors, youth, and most vulnerable in our communities.
Ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work, Senator Wagner had an immediate impact on the 2018 legislative session. From his seat on the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Wagner worked with his colleagues to pass legislation that closed the intimate partner loophole, keeping guns out of the hands of convicted stalkers. He is inspired by the students from his district who came to Salem to advocate for smarter gun laws and a pragmatic approach to keeping Oregonians safer.
Believing healthcare is a human right, Senator Wagner supported legislation that requires greater transparency in prescription drug pricing — so that those among us who depend on life-saving medicine will know they are getting a fair deal. Staying true to his belief that clean energy is the future for Oregon family wage jobs, Senator Wagner was proud to support the Office of Carbon Policy, and funding for Cleaner Air Oregon in 2018.
Senator Wagner grew up in his Senate District and graduated from local public school. His dedication to public service and to help his community was instilled in him at a young age by his parents, who both remain active in the community. Wagner’s mother started the education programs at Tryon Creek State Park, where his father still teaches bird watching. Wagner’s sisters are both public school teachers in Portland, and his brother is a Park Ranger in Washington County.
Wagner graduated from Portland State University and earned a 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. An active volunteer for multiple causes, Wagner was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to serve on the state board for the Oregon Commission for Voluntary Action and Service, the agency that oversees the AmeriCorps program. Senator Wagner currently volunteers as an elected member of the Lake Oswego School Board.
Prior to his Senate service, Senator Wagner held the position of Associate Vice President of College Advancement for Portland Community College, overseeing community outreach and working to secure student scholarship funding. Previously, Wagner spent a decade of his career advocating for Oregon’s teachers, faculty, health care workers, and academic support professionals.
Rob and his wife Laurie share four wonderful kids — two in junior high and two 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. Come by the office and he’ll share his steel string and a John Denver tune.