Rep. Whisnant's Legislative Interim Report
First, with the support of my wife and friends; I have filed for another term representing Oregon House District 53. I believe my experience, respect, and positive bi-partisan relationships can help the legislative body and leadership develop good common sense policy to help put more Oregonians to work; fund education, and make higher education affordable and accessible to more Oregonians.
Last week, I had the privilege of attending "Wireless University 2013" communication policy seminar at San Jose, California to learn more about the industry and state policies affecting the industry. Speaker Kotek recommended Rep. Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland) and me to attend this program sponsored by CTIA, "The Wireless Association," and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Oregon Senators Herman Baertschiger (R-Grants Pass) and Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) also attended the seminar. We learned the terminology and wireless roles of Federal, State, and local governments. We received presentations on the future, taxation, economic impact, privacy, and security issues of wireless. In addition, we toured Google's US Headquarters facility in Mountain View. At Google, we had a presentation and demonstrations of "google glasses." Later, we toured Stanford University's football facility and learned how wireless was designed and built in the new stadium. As a Higher Education and Education Committee member; I was very interested in the discussions about the wireless impact on education. A presenter stated, "In the 21st Century Classroom, access and usage of mobile internet is vital and central to the learning process." Attendance at meetings sponsored by bi-partisan legislative organizations is very beneficial for legislative members to learn and see how other states are addressing important state issues.
We continue working for you in the interim by meeting with constituents, community leaders and business and non-profit groups to receive input from the people. If you have a group that would like to meet with me or a group to discuss legislative issues; please contact Vicki Olson in the Salem office (503) 986-1453, to arrange a date.
Whisnant Seeks Re-Election to the Oregon House of Representatives
Plans to continue to work on education and the economy
Sunriver, Ore.--Rep. Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) announced at the Sunriver Rotary Club meeting this morning that he has filed for another term representing Oregon House District 53.
Rep. Whisnant, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, has served in the Legislature since being appointed to that body in 2003.
"I have the experience, the respect and positive working relationships with members of both parties to pass good policy for Oregon and its citizens," Rep. Whisnant said. "I am proud of the quality of bills which I chief-sponsored, sponsored or supported in the 2013 session."
Rep. Whisnant cites the approval of the Oregon State University Cascade campus in Bend as a four-year university among his latest legislative achievements, along with increased funding for K-12 education.
"This will provide the economic engine to help Central Oregon grow and maintain a more stable economy," Rep. Whisnant said. "Also, providing K-12 a budget of over $6.3 billion is a significant accomplishment."
Following a report to the Rotarians on the 77th Legislative Assembly 2013 Session and the recent special session, Whisnant continued his tradition of announcing his decision to seek re-election at that group's meeting.
"It is a great honor to represent the people of HD 53, Central Oregon, and Oregon," Rep. Whisnant said. "Our office's first priority is to be responsive and aid citizens with State issues and problems."