Melissa Busch

Race: Senate
District: 16


Occupation: Registered Nurse

Occupational Background: Home Health Nurse Case Manager, Board Vice-President of Open Adoption & Family Services, Board Member of United Way of Columbia County

Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

Prior Governmental Experience: Columbia County Medical Reserve Corps, State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon

Melissa Busch: Fighting for stronger, healthier communities

Melissa understands the challenges our communities face because she sees them every day in the lives of her patients. As a nurse and working mother, she knows the obstacles that stand in the way of good health and the quality of life that everyone deserves.

Melissa will lead with the same care and compassion she brings to her patients day-in and day-out. We can trust her to stand up for our rural and coastal communities.

Melissa knows small businesses and working families are the backbone of our community, from Tillamook to Astoria to Scappoose.

In Salem, Melissa will fight for:

  • Access to comprehensive healthcare for all Oregonians
  • Affordable and workforce housing solutions
  • Expanded childcare and eldercare
  • High-quality K-12 education for all children
  • Investment in higher education, career technical education, apprenticeship and trade programs

We Stand with Melissa:

US Senator Jeff Merkley

Oregon AFL-CIO

Oregon Nurses’ Association

Oregon Education Association

Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon

Pro-choice Oregon PAC


IBEW Local 48


Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC

Oregon League of Conservation Voters

Working Families Party of Oregon

SEIU Oregon

Rachel Armitage, Senator

Janeen Sollman, Senator

Elizabeth Steiner Hayward MD, Senator

Rachel Prusak, Representative

Casey Kulla, County Commissioner

Kathryn Harrington, Washington County Commission Chair

Beverly Stein, Former Representative and County Commission Chair

Joan Herman, Astoria City Councilor

Nadia Gardner, Clatsop County Planning Commission Chair

Sierra Lauder, Tillamook Urban Renewal Agency, Coast Real Estate Professionals

Borton Law, Small Business Owner

Debbie Boothe-Schmidt, Small Business Owner

Heather Howard, Small Business Owner

Emilia Ponti, Cloud Cap Farm, Small Business Owner

Mick Taylor Appraisal, Small Business Owner

(This information furnished by Melissa for Oregon.)