Tom Andersen

Race: House
District: 19


Occupation: Attorney, private practice.

Occupational Background: Attorney — private practice (26 years) and State Accident Insurance Fund (19 years)

Educational Background: University of Illinois, BA; University of Oregon, JD.

Prior Governmental Experience: Salem City Councilor, Ward 2, 2015-present; South Central Association of Neighbors President and Land Use and Transportation Chair 2008-12; Member and President, Lane Transit District Board 1988-1991.


House District 19 is newly formed district. It needs someone who has lived here, who knows the communities and neighbors of the district. And it needs someone who has a proven record of accomplishment working for the people of the district

My wife Jessica and I have lived in the district for 16 years. I’ve headed a neighborhood association and I’ve served eight years on the Salem City Council where I’ve worked to improve the economy and livability for all Salem. As Councilor I have:

  • Addressed homelessness in a compassionate and effective way
  • Led efforts to create Salem’s Climate Action Plan
  • Worked to remove barriers and create incentives for affordable housing
  • Supported a successful seismic upgrade and renovation of our library
  • Led the effort to ban single-use plastic bags in Salem
  • Introduced and enacted resolutions declaring Salem an inclusive City and condemning white supremacy and institutional racism

As your State Representative I will advocate for:

  • More state funding for homeless shelter and services
  • More state support for affordable housing
  • Climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with creative solutions
  • Greater support for education to increase graduation rates
  • Improved facilities and infrastructure for biking, walking and transit
  • State funding in lieu of local taxes to support emergency services in Salem
  • Civic and climate curriculum in our state schools

Endorsed by:

Current City Councilors: Chris Hoy, Trevor Phillips, Jose Gonzales

Past Councilors: Cara Kaser, Diana Dickey

Benny Williams, Immediate Past-President, Salem-Keizer NAACP

Barbara Fuller, Former Chair, Marion County Democratic Party

(This information furnished by Tom Andersen.)