Background and Honors


Born in Dallas, Texas 1951; moved to Eugene 1973.


Hillcrest High School, Dallas Texas
Northwestern University, Evanston Ill.
University of Oregon, BS with Honors in urban geography. Phi Beta Kappa


News conference for my health insurance billSince 2007:  Oregon State Representative

Current committees:
Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Co-Chair
Subcommittee on Human Services, Co-Chair
Joint Legislative Committee on Information Management and Technology, Co-Chair
Subcommittee on General Government
Joint Emergency Board
Other legislative committees prior to 2015 (partial list):
Transportation and Economic Development
Health Care
Subcommittee on Public Safety
Joint Committee on Court Facilities, Co-Chair
welcoming Eugene area visitors to the CapitolJoint Committee on Court Technology, Co-Chair
Government Efficiency Task Force, Legislative sponsor and Chair


Orbis Cascade Alliance:(a consortium of 37 private and public college and university libraries in Washington and Oregon): Resource Sharing Manager, Training Coordinator
University of Oregon Library: public and technical services
Photoscapes: owned and operated an entrepreneurial small business that manufactured and distributed framed scenic photographs and wood frames

Civic Offices, Boards and Commissions

Eugene City Council, elected to three terms (1993-2004); President 1995

Eugene Planning Commission, 1987-93, President 1989-90

​​City committees (partial list)

Parks, Recreation & Open Space, Chair
Greater Downtown Visioning, Co-chair
North End Downtown, Chair 
Parks and Open Space, Chair
Intergovernmental Relations; Ferry St. Bridge Citizen Advisory; Telecommunications; Affordable Housing; Automation (Chair); Public Safety; West End Planning; Downtown Design Review

Children's Champion AwardOther Federal, State, Regional groups

National League of Cities: Board of Directors, 2002-04; 
Information Technology and Communication Committee, Chair
Municipalities in Transition panel, Chair
Federal Communications Comm., Local & State Government Advisory Committee
Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council 
Intergovernmental Human Services Committee
Metropolitan Area Planning Advisory Committee
League of Oregon Cities, Legislative/Resolutions Committee
Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority (LRAPA), Board member
Lane Council of Governments, Board member
Metropolitan Policy Committee, Board member 
Eugene Springfield Metro Partnership, Alternate board member; Transportation planning stakeholders group; Land Use Measures task force

Civic Awards and Honors

Legislative Awards and Recognition

Capital Caregiver award from AARP, 2017
AARP Ben Westlund "Down the Trail" Award, 2017
Oregon Primary Care Association "Health Center Hero" Award, 2015
AARP Ben Westlund "Down the Trail" Award, 2015
Community Providers Association of Oregon: Legislative Champion Award, 2014
Recognition by the Oregon Alliance of Children's Programs, 2014
Oregon Opportunity Network Housing Champion, 2014
LILAC award, Lane Independent Living Alliance, 2014
Oregon Housing Alliance recognition, 2014
Health Care Hero award from Oregon Primary Care Association, 2013
SBHC Champion award from Oregon School-Based Health Care Network, 2013
Legislative Leadership Award, from Court Appointed Special Advocates, 2012
Children’s Champion, from Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs, 2012
Oregon Partnership to Immunize Children, 2011
Community Hero, Eugene Parks Foundation, 2008

City Council Awards and Recognition

West Eugene Wetlands Award, 2005
James C. Richards Memorial Award, League of Oregon Cities, 2004
Outstanding Elected Official Award, Lane Council of Governments, 2001

Other activities

League of Women Voters of Lane County
League of Oregon Cities, Legislative Committee
Convention and Visitors Association of Lane County, Board member
Friends of the Museum of Natural History (UO)
Tap dance instructor, private studio and community center programs