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An Oregon Perspective: Touching Base with Oregonians

I spent last week back in Oregon and it felt good to get back to my favorite part of my job: speaking with Oregonians and learning about their ideas and concerns.  There’s no doubt that the most important people I meet with each day are the working families I represent

An Oregon Perspective: Securing Financial Stability through Home Ownership

During my time as Director of Portland Habitat for Humanity, I saw how home ownership transformed families.  I had the privilege to work side-by-side with parents who put in thousands of hours and enormous effort to build a safe home for their children.  A home provides the foundation for families

An Oregon Perspective: Celebrating 150 Years of Oregon History

Every time I walk past the bronze statue of John McLoughlin in the U.S. Capitol, I’m reminded of the adventurous spirit and welcoming nature of Oregonians.  McLoughlin, the “Father of Oregon,” recognized the special character of Oregon Country and reached out to American settlers heading west to seek a new

An Oregon Perspective: Working Together Towards Economic Recovery

Last year I visited over 100 towns across our state and I spoke with thousands of Oregonians about the challenges we face together. In Mill City, I spoke to a family that owned a coffee shop employing three generations.  They loved their work and attracted regular customers, but as a