Merkley Announces First In-Person Town Halls of 2023

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley announced today his first round of in-person town halls in 2023. Merkley will hold a town hall for each of Oregon’s 36 counties. 

“I hold a town hall for every Oregon county, every year because there is simply no substitute to hearing directly from folks about the ideas and priorities that matter most to them and their communities. Oregonians’ thoughts help shape my work in Congress, including positions on policies, ideas for bills, and strategies for securing resources for every corner of our state,” Merkley said.

“Over the course of the more than 500 town halls I’ve held since Oregonians sent me to the Senate, I’ve seen how these events provide respectful, safe spaces for people to express their unique points of view during these often-divisive times. We all benefit significantly when we leave our comfort zone and open ourselves up to new ways of looking at issues—myself included. 

“I can’t wait to hit the road again to meet Oregonians from all walks of life.”

Since taking office in 2009, Senator Merkley has kept his promise to hold an open town hall for every Oregon county each year. In recent years, many of the events have been virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Merkley’s first town halls of 2023 are as follows, with additional details to be sent to local media ahead of each town hall:


Friday, January 13

Sherman County Town Hall

Time: 10:30 a.m. PT

Location: Rufus City Hall

304 2nd Street, Rufus, OR 97050

Wasco County Town Hall

Time: 1:00 p.m. PT

Location: Fort Dalles Readiness Center

402 E. Scenic Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058

Hood River County Town Hall

Time: 4:00 p.m. PT

Location: Hood River Middle School

1602 May Street Hood River, OR 97031


Saturday, January 14

Lincoln County Town Hall

Time: 10 a.m. PT

Location: Taft High School

3780 SE Spy Glass Ridge Drive, Lincoln City, OR 97367

Tillamook County Town Hall—with Representative Suzanne Bonamici!

Time: 1 p.m. PT

Location: Tillamook High School

2605 12th Street, Tillamook, OR 97141 

Clatsop County Town Hall—with Representative Suzanne Bonamici!

Time: 4:30 p.m. PT

Location: Clatsop Community College—Patriot Hall

1650 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR 97103


Sunday, January 15

Morrow County Town Hall

Time: 1 p.m. PT

Location: Oregon Trail Library District, Irrigon Branch

490 NE Main Avenue, Irrigon, OR 97844

Gilliam County Town Hall

Time: 3:30 p.m. PT

Location: Gronquist Building

1150 Railroad Avenue, Arlington, OR 97812