Occupation: State Senator
Occupational Background: Coordinator, Albina Head Start; Albina Community Bancorp Board; Director, American Friends Service Committee; Youth Director, Urban League of Portland; Parole and Probation Officer, Oregon Corrections Division.
Educational Background: B.S. Administration of Justice, Portland State University; Senior Executives in Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Pacific Program, University of Oregon; Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum.
Prior Governmental Experience: Includes: Emergency Board (current); Senate Education and Joint Human Services Committees (current); Joint Ways and Means Committee; Ways and Means Education, Public Safety, Human Services Subcommittees; Trade and Economic Development Committee.
12 years of dedicated legislative service, of effective, accessible advocacy for constituents. Avel Gordly is making life better for District 23, and for all of Oregon.
As your State Senator, Avel Gordly has built a record of accomplishment and dedication, not just to the district, but to all of Oregon. One of the legislature's most effective and influential members, Avel is a voice for reason and justice amid the competing pressures of Salem.
From advocating for unique distance learning programs that beam Portland public school courses all over Oregon, to being a champion for jobs, education, housing and health care for all, Avel has been called the conscience of the Oregon Senate, dedicated to serving all Oregonians.
Now, more than ever, we need the strong leadership, compassion and commitment that Avel Gordly brings.
Avel Gordly fought for access to medications, mental health treatment, housing and services for seniors and vulnerable populations. She supported prescription drug bulk purchasing.
She resisted attempts to reduce the state education budget and secured the restoration of $1 million in pre-kindergarten funding to help the poorest of Oregon's children.
She continues to lead statewide efforts to hold Oregon schoolspublic and privateaccountable for multicultural competency, and she champions efforts to integrate multicultural competence as a standard for teacher and administrator licensure.
100% rating by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters in 2003.
(This information furnished by Committee to Elect Avel Louise Gordly.)