State Senator
Joanne Verger photo


Occupation: Retired Business Owner; Oregon Legislator

Occupational Background: Small Business, Speech Therapy, Advertising and Marketing

Educational Background: Louisiana State University; Northwestern State College

Prior Governmental Experience: State Legislator; Mayor of Coos Bay; President, League of Oregon Cities; Coos Bay City Council; Coos Bay-North Bend Water Board; Coos County Children and Family Commission

Personal: Born in Amite, Louisiana; married 55 years to Lawton Verger; four children and four grandchildren.

Community Involvement: Life-long active member First United Methodist Church; past Board member Oregon Easter Seal Society, United Way, and Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation.

As a former business owner, community advocate, and longtime coastal resident, Joanne Verger has the experience and dedication necessary to deliver for Oregon's coastal communities.

Delivering for Oregon's Coastal Communities
Joanne helped secure $60 Million for the dredging of the channel of the Port of Coos Bay, an additional $1 Million of funding for the expansion of Oregon Coast Community College and a $10 Million allocation for the new terminal at Southwestern Oregon Regional Airport.

Joanne is determined to be a strong advocate for coastal economic development projects like these that bring much needed jobs and resources to our coastal communities.

Funding and Accountability for Schools
Joanne helped to secure record funding for our schools and colleges. She remains committed to ensuring that dollars are spent in the classrooms where it matters most.

Keeping Our Community Safe
Joanne fought to improve the safety of our neighborhoods by adding 139 new state troopers to ensure 24 hour police coverage for all of Oregon.

As a founding member of the Senior Caucus, Joanne helped strengthened senior programs investing in assisted living, adult foster care, and Oregon Project Independence.

Responsive and Responsible Government
Joanne prides herself on being accessible to the people of her District. She listens and responds to those she represents.


(This information furnished by Committee to Re-elect Joanne Verger.)