Qualifications: Candidate must be US Citizen and registered voter; resident of the district for 1 year prior to general election OR Const., Art. IV, §8 Age: 21 or olderTerm: 2 years OR Const., Art. IV, §4 Salary: $23,052 (2017)Duties: The Senate and the House of Representatives are responsible for making or changing laws. Thirty Senators serve in the Senate and sixty Representatives serve in the House of Representatives. Each district is represented by one Senator and one Representative. The sizes of districts are based on the number of people living there. The Oregon Legislature meets for a long session in odd-numbered years and a short session in even-numbered years.Source: Oregon Blue Book Rev. 1/2018
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Professor and Chair, OHSU, 1990-2000; Director, Kaiser Center for Health Research, 1964-1995; VP (Research) Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, 1981-19
State Representative (2003 to 2018); House Committee on Health Care (chair); House Committee on Judiciary. House Committee on Conduct (chair)
Metropolitan Public Defenders Board, Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board, Public Employee Benefit Board
I know my colleagues are working on this problem. My particular expertise is focusing on modernizing Oregon's Public Health system so it will be able to face the post-earthquake disease challenges we will be facing as water and sewer systems go down. We still have a long-way to go in this area.
We need to take this problem seriously. I will support cap and invest, although I am not crazy about the idea of allowing companies to pay for permission to pollute the environment. I think cap should be enough, but sometimes the real world considerations come to the fore.
I am not convinced an independent commission in required. We have done pretty well in Oregon over the last three redistricting efforts. On the other hand, other states have had terrible problems when partisan politics take over the process. Consequently, I will keep an open mind as we debate the issue during the coming session.
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Former neuroscientist, research on genetics of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Prion diseases. Dielectric classification of D-and L-amino acids. Parent to 3 wonderful children. Current graduate student.
These are directly adjacent to my district, so this is a concern of mine. Oregon's infrastructure is aging and not being maintained. Much of the tank farm area was built before earthquake stabilization was even understood. The cost, in dollar amount and human lives, of ignoring this situation is monumental. The Cascadia Conduction Zone is due, and I suggest we take advice from the Japanese engineers that have been rebuilding such systems from the 2011 Tohoku quake.
The previously proposed Cap and Invest bill was a disaster. It failed last year because it was estimated to cost $700 million a year, and yet anyone with deep enough pockets could continue to pollute. The incentive, then, was for businesses to leave Oregon, taking jobs and workers with them. It would have destroyed the economy. There have been no significant environmental gains yet shown from such programs, so the state should restructure its ideas to reducing greenhouse emissions.
Independent commissions are needed, and are being enacted in other states to create electoral fairness. My own district was redrawn in the last census, with clear political bias. No matter what state, we need independent commissions to avoid the risk of gerrymandering and obstruction in the voting process.