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    Jennifer Williamson named Oregon House Majority Leader

    SALEM — House Democrats selected Rep. Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, as the chamber’s majority leader Thursday.

    Williamson, whose district includes portions of Southwest and Northwest Portland, replaces Rep. Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, who’s stepping down to explore a run for secretary of state.

    “In the 2015 session, we delivered on our promise to improve the lives of Oregon families and level the playing field for working people,” Williamson said in a statement. “But we still have a lot of work to do to meet the needs of those who continue to be left behind by the economic recovery.”

    The majority leader is considered the House’s second-highest ranking member — the speaker being the first — and is in charge of corralling votes for Democratic causes.

    Reps. Tina Kotek, D-Portland, and Tobias Read, D-Beaverton, were selected House speaker and House speaker pro tem as the start of the 2015 session. Read announced his candidacy for state treasurer.

    Source: Oregon Live

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    Panel Discussion with Piper Kerman

    An event you don’t want to miss is coming to House District 36!

    Please join me for a panel discussion with Piper Kerman, best-selling author of “Orange is the New Black”, now a top Netflix series. Since leaving prison, Piper has worked to raise awareness about the issues impacting women incarcerated in America.

    The facts are startling. From 1980 to 2010, thenumber of women behind bars has increased646%. Most have been sentenced for non-violent offenses and an overwhelming percentage have a history of physical, sexual or emotional abuse.  Piper will discuss this growing crisis with a panel that includes Portland State’s Dr. Keva Miller and Alverada McCoy of Mercy Corps Northwest. I am excited to facilitate the conversation.  

     

    What: Panel Discussion Featuring Piper Kerman

    When: April 23rd, 5:30 pm – 7 pm

    Where: First Unitarian Church in Portland

    1034 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205  

      Click here to reserve your place now.

    On the door step, at town halls, through surveys and in emails, I have heard again and again that House District 36 cares about smart public safety policy. You understand that we need books, not bunks and that investing in our communities is better than investing in our prisons. 

    This is sure to be an extraordinary discussion focused on these very values.

    Tickets will go fast so reserve yours today.

    I hope to see you there!

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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