Occupation: Retired educator.
Occupational Background: Farm hand; youth minister; principal; assistant principal; teacher; and cook.
Educational Background: Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Western Oregon University.
Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative, 2004-present; Mt. Angel School Board, 1986-1990.
Family: Four daughters and eight grandchildren.
You sent me to the Capitol to work hard and face difficult challenges head on.
And with so many of our friends and neighbors losing their jobs, my top priority is rebuilding our economy. I supported investments in thousands of construction jobs around the state that are starting to deliver results, including funds for the Woodburn interchange. I also voted for the law that protects middle-class families from the deceptive lending practices that caused the recession.
But it's going to take a while for our economy to get back on the right track. That's why my jobs plan for the future includes investments in renewable energy jobs, loans and grants to local small businesses that increase hiring, and child-care subsidies for low-wage working families.
With so many families losing their insurance, health care affordability is a growing concern. I helped pass legislation to provide lower prices on lifesaving medicines by using the state's purchasing power to cut costs. And I also supported health insurance for 80,000 Oregon children.To keep our community safe, I supported hiring 139 new State Troopers and helped pass laws against meth production and tougher penalties on Internet predators who target our kids.
The hard work is certainly not done yet. So I'll keep doing my best to be a reflection of your priorities and your work ethic.
We're supporting Betty Komp!
Senator Ron Wyden
Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Council of Police Associations
Oregon State Police Officers Association/ Trooper PAC
(This information furnished by Betty Komp.)