When Jeff first took on the challenge of running for the Oregon State Legislature, one of the reasons was because he wanted to build a better education system for his young children.  And as the first in his family to go to college, Jeff knows that affordable access to higher education is critical to the success of the middle class.

Education is a major factor in determining whether our children and our nation succeed in today’s increasingly competitive global economy.   As a country, we need to do a better job of supporting teachers, giving them the resources they need to provide the best possible environment for teaching our children, and ensuring that no capable student has to give up his or her dreams of higher education because of a lack of affordability.

Merkley, Bowman: No More Legacy Admissions at Colleges and Universities

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley introduced legislation with U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman Ed.D. (D-NY-16) to stop universities across the country from giving preferential treatment to children of alumni and donors and help ensure equity in the admissions process. The bicameral Fair College Admissions for Students Act comes

Merkley, Wyden Announce $1.7 Million Coming to OSU for Cybersecurity Workforce Development

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced Oregon State University (OSU) is receiving $1,727,359 from the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) to prepare highly qualified cybersecurity professionals to serve in federal, state, local, and tribal governments. “We must be prepared to

As Surgeon General Sounds the Alarm, Senator Merkley and Assistant Speaker Clark Announce the Introduction of Legislation to Increase Mental Health Resources in Schools

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (MA-05) today announced the introduction of the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act, legislation that would greatly boost the availability of mental health resources in America’s public schools. Mental illness affects one in five­­—20 percent—of American youth,