State Representative

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Occupation: Nonprofit CEO; State Representative.

Occupational Background: Nonprofit CEO; Lawyer; Youth Counselor; Farmhand.

Educational Background: JD, Harvard; BS, University of Oregon.

Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative; Assistant Majority Leader; Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals.

Public Advocate: Founder, Oregon Bus Project; Judge, Classroom Law Project; Founding Committee, Onward Oregon; Founder, Suzanne Award for Outstanding Woman Leaders.

"Life of a rookie legislator in a down economy isn't easy, but it has been an honor. Thank you for that honor. I look forward to continuing to serve you." -Jefferson Smith

"Jefferson's first-term accomplishments are impressive.
He's disciplined, effective, and committed to serving his district."
Governor Barbara Roberts

"Too smart to be fooled, too courageous to be scared, and too
principled to be bought. Just what Oregon needs."
Governor John Kitzhaber

Local Leaders support Jefferson Smith:

Former State Representative George Starr and Irene Starr
Former State Representative Tom Novick
Linda Robinson, Parks Chair, Hazelwood Neighborhood Assn
James Woods, Chairman, Parkrose Board of Education
Annette Mattson, Director, David Douglas School District
Sam Kahl, District 47 Leader, Democratic Party, Multnomah County
And many more.

Advocating for the Bedrock District

  • Passed bill combating human trafficking; made strides on MAX safety innovations.
  • Sponsored green jobs bill to weatherize homes, increase employment.
  • Working with City Hall to get the Bedrock District its fair share of public resources and attention.
  • Helped maintain funding for schools, public safety, health care.
  • Voted to hold banks accountable for shady practices.
  • Voted to expand access to Oregon Health Plan, cover nearly every child.

A High-road Economy

  • Passed win-win-win Water Investment Act that works for jobs, people and environment.
  • Passed Oregon Broadband Commission, improving high-speed internet access.
  • Launched home-grown economic strategy.
  • Started work on tax-break reform.

More Effective Democracy

  • Passed Oregon Transparency Commission; launched Oregon.gov/transparency to put state spending online, promoting accountability.
  • Passed online voter registration.
  • Helped Save Oregon Benchmarks and Progress Board to measure performance.


(This information furnished by Forward with Jefferson Smith.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722