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    Jennifer Williamson: 15 to Watch in 2015

    Monday, December 29, 2014

    Democratic Oregon Representative Jennifer Williamson will start her second term in Salem in 2015, and it should be an interesting one.

    A lawyer, Williamson represents Downtown, Northwest and Southwest Portland. First elected in 2012, she won with 82.5 percent of her district’s vote.

    Since then, Williamson has been an active member of the Oregon House of Representatives. She has been appointed a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Joint Ways and Means Committee, as well as Co-Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety.

    For the 2013-2014 biennium she was a part of the Budgets and Revenue Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

    Williamson was also a co-sponsor of House Bill 4143, which crafted a plan to send uncollected proceeds from class action lawsuits to Legal Aid of Oregon for legal representation of low-income Oregonians.

    Although the bill failed to pass the in the Senate, it was one of the most talked about and controversial legislative measures in 2014.

    In December, Williamson worked with other legislators to help a prison rehabilitation program transition towards closure, when the Oregon Department of Corrections announced they would be ending the Family Preservation Project. The program helped female inmates connected with their children while incarcerated and prepared them for returning to their family.

    Williamson re-election for another term this November, after raking in 85 percent of the vote, shows her district was pleased with her work last year and believes she has a bright future ahead of her.

    With important issues coming to the table in the 2015 legislative session, Williamson’s second term will be one to watch.

    Source: GoLocal PDX

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