Monroe beats two opponents to win re-nomination to Senate District 24

May 18, 2010

Contact: Molly Woon (503) 367-4327

Senator Rod Monroe won the Democratic primary for Senate District 24 this evening, covering portions of outer Southeast Portland and Happy Valley.

“I am proud to be the nominee for Senate District 24.  I’m grateful to the people in my district who have voted to give me the opportunity to run in November and represent them again in Salem,” said Monroe. “My top priority is to get back to Salem, fight for more school funding and create the jobs we need to get more Oregonians back to work.”

As the co-chair of the Ways & Means sub-committee on education during the 2009 session, Monroe has been a tireless advocate for funding education and giving Oregon children the tools they need for success.

“Senator Monroe is a highly valuable member of our caucus,” said Senate Majority Leader Richard Devlin. “As the chief budget writer for Oregon’s schools, Senator Monroe kept classrooms open and continued our most important programs. The people of Senate District 24 are fortunate to have such a dedicated champion on their side.”

Rod Monroe grew up in Southeast Portland. He has dedicated his life to education and public service, starting his career in education in 1965 as a teacher at Tigard High School and his career as a legislator in 1976. He was most recently elected to the Oregon Senate in 2006, previously serving on the Metro Council and David Douglas School Board. He currently sits on the Mt Hood Community College Board.