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    Williamson called ‘Freshman of the Year’ in Willamette Week Legislator Ratings

    Williamson, 39, a smiley first-termer, has ably replaced Mary Nolan, who resigned her seat for an unsuccessful run for Portland City Council. A former First Amendment lawyer, Williamson spent a couple of sessions in Salem lobbying before running for office. That familiarity with the capitol is worth a lot in a culture proud of its traditions. As a rookie, Williamson chaired theJoint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety. “You’ve usually got to be here for 10 years to get that kind of assignment,” says an observer. “Freshman of the year,” says one of many admirers.

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    Townhall Meeting With Senator Burdick on September 9

    Portland Legislators Announce September 9th Town Hall
    PORTLAND – Senator Ginny Burdick (D – NW/SW Portland/Tigard) and Representative Jennifer Williamson (D – NW/SW Portland), will hold a Town Hall meeting on Monday, September 9th at Portland Central Library. Community members will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns with the legislators, and to discuss the recent legislative session. Who: Senator Ginny Burdick and Representative Jennifer Williamson What: Town Hall on recently adjourned legislative session When: Monday, September 9th, 6:00 to 7:30pm Where: Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, Portland

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    Oregon House votes to ease burden on hair and makeup artists

     Rep. Williamson sponsored bill to help Oregon entrepreneurs succeed in Oregon’s growing entertainment industries. Continue Reading

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    Oregon Governor signs bill for overdose prevention programs

    On Thursday, January 6th, Oregon Governor, John Kitzhaber,  signed SB 384 A into law. The bill requires the Oregon Health Authority to  establish rules for training programs that will instruct individuals on  “lifesaving treatments for opiate overdose.”

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    On election night as I was making my victory speech at Cha Taqueria, I realized just how honored I was.

    *  Honored to have incredible, committed friends like you.

    *  Honored to live in such an amazing city and such a wonderful state.

    *  Honored to have a supportive, loving husband and a wonderful family.

    *  Honored to have the support and hard work of hundreds of teachers, nurses, firefighters, business owners and college students.

    *  Honored to have earned the trust and votes of thousands of my neighbors.

    *  And honored to accept my Party’s nomination to be the next State Representative from District 36.

    As I was finishing my thank yous, I saw someone slip into the back of the room— a good friend who wanted to share the excitement.

    Jen and Governor Roberts

    I was honored when Barbara Roberts stepped forward to endorse me in this race.  I was deeply touched last night when she stood with dozens of my family members and friends to listen to my plans for our state’s future.

    This election was about fighting for what’s best about Oregon.

    I am honored and grateful that the Democratic voters of HD 36 chose me to be their voice in Salem on the issues that matter most– universal healthcare, ending mandatory minimum sentences, more money for our schools and a renewed focus on helping small businesses grow.

    Paul and I will never forget what you have done in this campaign. I will work every day to be worthy of your trust.

    In friendship,


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    The Oregonian endorses Jennifer

    “We endorse Williamson, who as a lawyer, public employee and lobbyist has developed relationships in the Capitol for years.

    We also think the Legislature would benefit from Williamson’s passionate advocacy for higher education. She is a first-generation college graduate and has lobbied for financial aid and other programs since she was a student at the University of Oregon. Williamson’s understanding of the possible trade-offs between policy areas is a key strength.”

    “…Williamson shows a stronger grasp of more issues and has more political experience. We recommend her for House District 36, the seat being vacated by Mary Nolan.

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    Oregon AFL-CIO makes early endorsement for Jennife


    Press Release: December 16th, 2011

    Oregon AFL-CIO Makes Early Endorsements in Select Races

    The Oregon AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE), representing over 225,000 workers across all sectors of Oregon’s economy and from every corner of the state, gathered today to discuss endorsements in various races.

    Citing the importance of supporting candidates who will not just vote for, but who will advocate for issues that affect working people and help rebuild the middle class in Oregon, the COPE voted to endorse Jennifer Williamson for House District 36. Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain said, “Middle class Oregonian’s in HD 36 need a strong advocate in Salem – someone who isn’t afraid to stand up for their beliefs or stand up to corporate interests. Jennifer has a solid labor background and has proven herself an advocate for working people. We are proud to support her.”

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    Planned Parenthood PAC endorses Jennifer

    Planned Parenthood PAC endorses Jennifer as their pro-choice champion candidate. Here is what Planned Parenthood PAC’s Executive Director Roey Thorpe said:

    “Planned Parenthood PAC is honored to endorse Jennifer Williamson for House District 36. We support Jennifer not just because she has a proven track record as a pro-choice advocate, but also because she is a leader in women’s health care and prevention. She was instrumental in passing the women’s breast and cervical cancer treatment legislation last session, which will save lives of hundreds of women in Oregon.  Jennifer has the experience and passion we need to defend a woman’s right to choose and protect women’s access to healthcare at a time when it is under direct attack. She has been on the front lines protecting women’s reproductive rights for over 20 years.”