Occupation: State Representative
Occupational Background: State Representative, legislative aide, waitress, dental assistant.
Educational Background: James Monroe High School, attended Clark Community College.
Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative 1999 present; House Majority Leader, 2001-2002; House Speaker, January 2003 present; Chair, Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education; Co-chair, Emergency Board; Co-chair, Legislative Administration Committee; Co-chair, Legislative Counsel Committee.
Karen Minnis: A leader for Oregon
Karen Minnis was elected Speaker of the House because of her leadership qualities. Karen led the charge last session to make sure schools, seniors, the mentally disabled and law enforcement were protected from a severe budget shortfall.
Karen Minnis: Jobs, not more taxes
Karen Minnis did not support the massive tax increase that voters defeated with Ballot Measure 30. Karen believes the best remedy for Oregons economy is to create an environment where jobs can be created and people can get back to work. When people are working, taxes are being paid and essential services are funded.
Karen Minnis: An education supporter
Karen fought for PERS reform, which saved schools more than $200 million that can be redirected into classrooms. She also introduced and passed legislation providing more opportunities for technical and vocational training.
Karen Minnis: A voice for seniors
It was Speaker Karen Minnis that fought for funding for seniors during the last legislative session, which is why she received an award from the Oregon Health Care Association for her relentless support of senior issues.
Karen Minnis: An open door
Few legislators are more responsive to constituents than Karen Minnis. Over 600 people asked for help in the last 12 months and got it from Karens office. She cares about the needs of people and works hard to be a good representative.
Karen Minnis is endorsed by:
Charles Becker, mayor, Gresham
Fred W. Bruning
David Fuller, mayor, Wood Village
Mike Weatherby, mayor, Fairview