Occupation: State Representative, small business owner
Occupational Background: Small business owner; Community College Instructor; watershed council coordinator
Educational Background: Portland State University: B.S. Psychology B.S. Art; University of Washington: oceanography
Prior Governmental Experience: Clatsop County Commissioner; Pacific North West Economic Region; Oregon Capitol Foundation; Oregon Ocean Resources Management Task Force; Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force; Public Commission on Oregon Legislature; Healthy Streams Partnership; Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission
Legislative work to benefit Oregonians:
Deborah works hard to provide services and programs that will ensure healthy families, safe communities, strong educational systems from pre-Kindergarten to graduate school, and a variety of services especially for veterans and senior citizens.
Deborah has sponsored legislation that provides for international mutual aid for disasters, insurance coverage for mental health services, disaster funding for salmon fishers, identity theft protections, access to the Oregon prescription drug program, increased Oregon State Police coverage on highways, and funding for our K-12 schools and community colleges and universities to prepare students for the global economy.
Deborah worked with the bi-partisan Coastal Caucus to secure funding for the territorial sea floor mapping project to provide the scientific data necessary for tsunami modeling and updated navigational charts; to encourage NOAA fisheries to locate in Oregon; to implement an ocean research program to provide data for fisheries and near-shore research; and to provide support for future marine renewable energy projects, all bringing hundreds of jobs to Oregon's coastal communities.
Deborah worked collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders to help establish new clean energy businesses including biomass, solar, hydrokinetic, geothermal and wind to enable Oregon to achieve renewable energy goals.
Deborah is working to establish relief nurseries which have proven to be crucial to successful parenting when additional help is needed. She serves on the board for Children's Trust Fund of Oregon.
Deborah lives with her husband on the family tree farm. They have two grown children and one grandchild. Her husband serves as chief of a volunteer fire department.
(This information furnished by Deborah Boone.)