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About Oregon

Oregon was the 33rd state admitted into the Union over 150 years ago. Before the pioneers traveled westward, approximately eighty Native American tribes inhabited Oregon.

As one of the most geographically diverse states in the nation, Oregon is home to beautiful lakes, rivers, deep canyons, deserts, waterfalls, temperate rainforests, old growth forests, fossil beds, sea caves, and mountains. The state’s forests and waterways provide a welcoming environment for all sorts of wildlife, like the cougar, black bear and the Steller sea lion.

Oregon exports a number of agricultural products, including some of the finest goods and foods in the country. From hazelnuts to raspberries, lavender to peppermint, and various cheeses and jams, Oregon has plenty to offer the rest of the country and the world. Oregon’s salmon fishing industry is one of the biggest in the world and known for the chinook salmon, the largest of the Pacific salmon.

Oregon has become a leader in developing renewable energy sources and is greatly expanding production and development of green technology. Companies from all over the country are setting up shop in Oregon, harnessing geothermal, wind, wave and solar energy as well as developing bio-fuels utilizing local products.

Nearly four million people call Oregon home and thousands more are moving to the state every year.

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Government Contacts

State Officials

Governor John Kitzhaber
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, Oregon 97301-4047
Phone: (503) 378-4582
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Senator Ron Wyden
Washington, DC Office
223 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3703
Phone: (202) 224-5244
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Representative Earl Blumenauer
Washington, DC Office
2267 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4811
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Representative Peter DeFazio
Washington, DC Office
2134 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington DC, 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6416
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Representative Greg Walden
Washington, DC Office
2352 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6730
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Representative Kurt Schrader
Washington, DC Office
1419 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5711
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