Occupation: State Senator; Communications Consultant.
Occupational Background: News reporter; environmental issues manger; policy and communications adviser.
Educational Background: Masters in journalism, University of Oregon; B.A., University of Puget Sound.
Prior Governmental Experience: State Senator, 1997-present; Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission, 1987-93.
Ginny Burdick grew up in Portland, attending Chapman and Bridlemile grade schools and graduating from Wilson High School. She lives in Southwest Portland.
Ginny Burdick is a strong voice in the State Senate for education, the environment, civil rights and sensible gun laws. She served as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee in both the 2005 and 2007 legislative sessions and as chair of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee in the 2008 supplemental session.
In 2007, as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ginny Burdick was a leader in passing legislation to make bars, taverns and bingo parlors smoke-free; prohibit discrimination against sexual minorities; allow same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships; strengthen Oregon's public records law; and crack down on metal theft by drug users and dealers. As a member of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee, Ginny helped pass legislation to create a rainy day fund to stabilize funding for education and other vital state programs during economic downturns.
In 2005, Ginny joined with three legislative colleagues to produce a bipartisan package of laws to address the methamphetamine epidemic in Oregon. The legislation is credited with the virtual elimination of home meth labs in Oregon.
Re-elect Ginny Burdick:
A Recognized Leader.
Alice B. Toeclips Award, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, 2007.
Spirit of Pride Award, Pride Northwest, 2007.
Award of Appreciation, Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, 2007.
Humane State Legislator Award, Humane Society of the United States, 2007.
Safety and Justice Champion, Partnership for Safety and Justice, 2007.
American Dream Award, Oregon Association of Realtors, 2007.
Legislator of the Year, Oregon Library Association, 2003-04.
(This information furnished by Friends of Ginny Burdick.)