As someone who grew up working-class in southern Oregon, it is a great and humbling honor to be appointed State Senator in this beautiful district. I love this land and these people dearly. From the stunning coastline to the golden marshes, from the deep green forest to the swiftly flowing rivers, I find endless beauty in every corner of District 16. And most especially, I love the hardworking folks in all five counties—Tillamook, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, and Washington—that I have the privilege to represent. I’m inspired by the hardworking Oregonians of my district—folks like farmers, brewers, teachers, nurses, construction workers, fishermen, and small business owners.
I am deeply grateful to my parents and grandparents who raised me, to my siblings for their steadfast friendship, and to my husband and stepdaughter for their love and support. I could not do this work without all of them.