Rod Monroe Seeking Re-Election to Senate

September 7, 2017

Citing a need to continue making progress for east Portland and north Clackamas, Senator Rod Monroe officially filed for re-election to the Oregon Senate today.

“We have made many strides to make Oregon a place where working people have a fair shot to get ahead in life, but our communities face challenges ahead,” said Sen. Monroe. “I’m running for re-election because we need to fight for good-paying jobs, secure access to health care and to protect vulnerable Oregonians from the vicious attacks of the Trump Administration.”

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.

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,” said Monroe. “We need revenue reform to increase our K-12 budget and help our schools hire more teachers and reduce class sizes.”

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

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 standards, 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,” said 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.”

Monroe represents District 24 in the Oregon State Senate, which includes eastern Portland, parts of Happy Valley and unincorporated Clackamas County.

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