State Representative
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Occupation: State Representative, Elementary School Teacher

Occupational Background: 6-8th grade teacher, Arbor School of Arts and Sciences; Coro Fellow in Public Affairs

Educational Background: BA, Washington University; BA and MS, Oxford University (Rhodes Scholarship)

Prior Governmental Experience: Oregon State Representative, 2007-2008

Community Involvement: Oregon Bus Project, Board Chair; City Club of Portland, Committee on Early Childhood Care and Education


As an educator and husband of a public school teacher, Ben knows the challenges facing Oregon's schools. As a legislator in 2007, Ben helped pass a robust education budget that began our reinvestment in Head Start, K-12, and higher education.


As vice-chair of the House Committee on Energy and the Environment, Ben worked to expand the Bottle Bill, create an electronic waste recycling program, and commit the state to renewable energy. In 2009, Ben will again be a legislative champion for conservation, recycling, and energy independence.


Rising costs and diminishing access to quality health care pose a major threat to Oregon's vitality. Ben served on a special committee that helped write Senate Bill 329, which created a blueprint for universal health care in Oregon. In 2009, he will fight to move the state towards that goal.


During his first year in office, Ben held more than 20 public events in the district, including coffee shop meet-ups, town halls, and summer barbeque. Unique among legislators, Ben refuses to accept a dime from corporations or Political Action Committees (PACs). He will work to make sure that your voice comes first by promoting increased voter access, tough ethics rules, and campaign finance reform.

"Cannon possesses a vigor and keen intellect that make him
exactly what the Legislature needs: new blood to lead a new
generation of Oregon lawmakers."
-- The Oregonian, April 13, 2006

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(This information furnished by Friends of Ben Cannon.)