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Merkley Announces New State Director

Jeanne Atkins Will Lead Six Oregon Offices and Staff

August 24, 2009


WASHINGTON, DC
– Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced today that Jeanne Atkins has agreed to join his team as his new state director.  Atkins formerly worked with Merkley during his tenure in the Oregon House of Representatives.

“I’m thrilled that Jeanne has agreed lead my Oregon staff as my new State Director and bring her superb team management abilities to this post.  Jeanne is greatly respected by Oregonians of all political stripes for her hard work and dedication to this state.  I know she will serve ably and build on the strong foundation we’ve established over the last seven months,” said Merkley.

Atkins served as the Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the Oregon House under the leadership of both Merkley and his successor Dave Hunt.  She was also Caucus Director of the Oregon House Democrats when Merkley held the post of Minority Leader.

Prior to her time in the Oregon House, Atkins headed the Women’s and Reproductive Health Section of the Department of Human Services, Office of Family Health; served in several capacities at Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette; was the Staff Director in the Senate Majority Office in the Oregon Legislature and did government relations for United Way of Columbia/Willamette.

Atkins will formally begin as State Director on October 5th.

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