State Representative

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Jeff Merkley

Occupation:House Democratic Leader

Occupational Background:President, World Affairs Council of Oregon; Executive Director, Portland Habitat for Humanity; Director of Housing Development, Human Solutions

Educational Background:David Douglas High School; Stanford (B.A. International Relations); Princeton (M.A., Public Policy)

Prior Governmental Experience:U.S. Congressional Policy Analyst; 1983 Presidential Intern, Office of Secretary of Defense; Intern for Senator Hatfield; David Douglas Student Body President


  • As Founder and Co-chair of East Portland Coalition to End Unfair Storm Water Fees, worked to end Portland’s practice of charging east-Portland residents for services the city is not providing.
  • Reduced Crime:helped organize residents to shut down “crack alley”; proposed and helped fund and manage pilot home-building program for at-risk youth.
  • Started the Walk for Humanity, which celebrates community building and raises funds for community non-profits.
  • Began the state’s first Individual Development Account (IDA) program, helping low-income families buy homes or attend college.

As a Legislator:

  • Fought to place equitable and adequate funding for quality schools first on the legislative agenda.
  • Supported the Oregon Health Plan with goal of health coverage for all of Oregon’s children.
  • Advocated for working families, small business, and opportunities for the disadvantaged.
  • Defended Oregon’s land-use system and promoted partnerships to protect our environment.
  • Championed a mercury elimination bill that is the first step toward removal of mercury from Oregon’s environment.
  • Led successful efforts to support the Oregon Veterans’ Home.
  • Won passage of the Homeowner Protection Act and SPAMbusting legislation.

Dear Neighbor,

It’s been an honor to represent you in Salem. I will keep working hard. Please contact me at 503-249-0457 or at “repjeffmerkley@aol.com” with questions or ideas. Your vote counts!!!       Jeff

(This information furnished by Jeff Merkley.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722