A champion for the middle class, leading the fight for Oregon’s everyday families
A longtime champion of middle-class Oregonians, Kate Brown has spent her entire career fighting on behalf of her state’s hardworking families. Kate ran for governor to “restore the public’s trust” and work to “strengthen Oregon’s recovery from the recession, improve access to quality education and health care, and create more living-wage jobs in every corner of the state.” A graduate of the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Kate was a lawyer fighting every day for Oregon children long before she first ran for office. She served for 17 years in the Oregon state legislature and seven as Oregon’s secretary of state. With so many important issues on the line, we need Kate as a champion for the people of Oregon more than ever.
A fighter for women and families, who makes progress happen
During her time in the state legislature, Kate led the effort to pass one of the first family and medical leave laws in the country, fought for ethics reforms, and made Oregon the first state in the country to require insurance companies to cover preventive breast cancer screenings for women over 18. Her reelection lays the groundwork for an historic addition of pro-choice Democratic women governors to be elected when 38 governors’ seats go up for grabs in the next two years.
A progressive leader with the experience to move Oregon forward
Kate’s record of defending a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions is strong, and she’s consistently proven her commitment to choice. She has always made protecting the right to vote a top priority — opposing restrictive voter ID laws, transitioning Oregon to an online voter registration system, and passing a first-of-its kind voter registration law to register Oregonians automatically to vote. She’s worked to improve access to education and led the effort in Oregon’s state legislature to pass historic reforms to the state’s campaign finance system. When she was appointed to the governor’s office in 2015, Kate said she would “be a governor who wants to hear the concerns of everyday Oregonians — children and working parents, small business owners, and senior citizens.”