Senator Rod Monroe

Portland & North Clackamas
Friends of Rod Monroe

Rod Monroe grew up in Southeast Portland and graduated from Franklin High School in 1960. He began college at Warner Pacific College where he met his wife, Billie, who he married in 1961. He transferred to Portland State University (although in those days, it was called Portland State College) where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1965 and a Master's Degree in 1969.

In the fall in 1965, Senator Monroe became a teacher at Tigard High School, teaching advanced placement classes in History and Government. Later, he won election to the Oregon House of Representatives and later to Metro Council. He was elected to serve District 24 (east Portland and north Clackamas County) in the Oregon Senate in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Senator Monroe has authored several landmark laws that protect Oregonians, such as the Indoor Clean Air Act and Oregon’s seat belt law.

As co-chair of the Ways and Means Education Subcommittee, Monroe focuses much of his attention on directing more funding to Oregon’s public schools. He supports efforts to increase taxes on corporations to provide more funding for education.

“It’s time corporations pay their fair share,” says Monroe. “We need revenue reform to increase our K-12 budget and help our schools hire more teachers and reduce class sizes.”

Senator Monroe proudly supported a progressive legislative agenda in the 2017 Session. He voted for the Equal Pay Act to help working women and their families and supported the Cover All Kids Act to ensure that all Oregon children have access to health care. He also helped pass the 2017 Transportation Package, playing a key role to secure funding of $110 million to fix Powell Boulevard in East Portland.

In recent sessions, Monroe has strongly supported new laws to help working Oregonians, such as increasing the minimum wage to nearly $15 an hour, fair work schedule notice, and paid sick time.

“I voted for the law guaranteeing Oregon workers five paid sick days a year because they shouldn’t have to risk losing their jobs or paying their bills when they are sick or need to take care of a sick child,” says Monroe. “I will fight for paid family and medical leave so that workers can afford to care for a new baby or a family member who is seriously ill.”

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