Occupation: State Representative, small business owner
Occupational Background: Small business owner; Legislative Assistant; Community College Instructor; watershed council coordinator
Educational Background: Portland State University: B.S. Psychology, B.S. Art; University of Washington: oceanography
Prior Governmental Experience: Clatsop County Commissioner; Oregon Ocean Resources Management Task Force; Oregon Capitol Foundation; Public Commission on Oregon Legislature; Clatsop Soil & Water Conservation District
Legislative work to benefit Oregonians:
Deborah works hard to provide services that ensure healthy families, safe communities, a strong educational system and programs especially for veterans and seniors.
Deborah has sponsored legislation providing international mutual aid for disasters; insurance coverage for mental health services; disaster funding for salmon fishers, identity theft protections, Oregon’s prescription drug program, 24/7 State Police coverage on highways and support for tsunami preparedness programs. She serves on the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Council and Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force.
Deborah successfully lead the effort with the bi-partisan Coastal Caucus to secure funding for territorial sea floor mapping, providing scientific data for tsunami modeling and updated navigational charts; encouraged NOAA fisheries to re-locate in Oregon and implemented a program providing data for fisheries, near-shore research and ocean renewable energy projects, bringing hundreds of jobs to Oregon’s coastal communities.
Deborah is working to establish new clean- tech energy businesses including biomass, solar, hydrokinetic, geothermal and wind enabling Oregon to achieve renewable energy goals.
Deborah serves on the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon supporting primary prevention programs like relief nurseries that save tax dollars.
Deborah is working to save our children from becoming victims of human trafficking.
Oregon Nurses Association; United Transportation Union; Oregon State Fire Fighters Council; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC; Oregon Forest Industries Council; American Federation of Teachers-Oregon (AFT-Oregon); SEIU Local 503; Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association; Oregon Council of Police Associations; Oregon State Council For Retired Persons; Oregon Nurseries’ PAC; John R. Kroger, Attorney General
Deborah lives with her husband on the family tree farm. They have two grown children.
(This information furnished by Boone for State Representative.)