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Legislator PhotoHouse Majority Leader 

Jennifer Williamson

Democrat - District 36 - Portland
 
 
  

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1436
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-295, Salem, Oregon 97301
EmailRep.JenniferWilliamson@oregonlegislature.gov

Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/williamson

 
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​Biography
  

Jennifer Williamson, a fourth generation Oregonian, has spent her life dedicated to fighting for her fellow Oregonians. As a student she became an advocate for college affordability when proposed cuts to Pell grant programs threatened to end her academic career. Her work ensuring all Oregonians would have access to higher education led her to a position in the Washington D.C. office of Senator Mark O. Hatfield. 

After receiving her J.D., cum laude, from Willamette University, Jennifer worked in private practice before joining the staff of Portland State University and then Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo's executive team at the Oregon Department of Education.

In 2012 Jennifer was elected to serve District 36, Portland's Westside, in the Oregon House of Representatives. Three years later she was elected by her Democratic colleagues in the Oregon House of Representatives to lead the caucus as Majority Leader. 

While in the legislature Jennifer has been a leading advocate for criminal justice reform, women's health care, and working Oregonians and their families. She led the effort in the Oregon House to require background checks on all gun purchases, worked to close a loophole so at-fault corporations can no longer avoid paying court-ordered penalties when they injure or defraud someone, fought to expand access to contraception and supported a statewide paid sick leave law. 

During the 79th Legislative Assembly Jennifer is the chair of the House Committee on Rules, vice-chair of the House Committee on Judiciary, and she sits on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and the Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Capitol Construction.

Jennifer, who grew up on a farm in Washington County, lives in Northwest Portland with her husband Paul Loving. She is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest and Mercy Corps Northwest's L.I.F.E. program at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Jennifer is a board member of the Classroom Law Center, Mercy Corps Northwest, the National Conference of State Legislatures and State Legislative Leaders Foundation. She is a graduate of Emerge Oregon and an Aspen Rodel Fellow.