A champion for the middle class, leading the fight for Oregon’s everyday families
A longtime champion of middle-class Oregonians, Governor Kate Brown has spent her entire career fighting on behalf of her state’s hardworking families. 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. As the first woman in history to serve as majority leader of the Oregon state Senate, Kate championed a package of ethics reforms that The Oregonian newspaper called the “state’s most sweeping … in 34 years.” Her executive leadership has laid the groundwork for a 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. Kate is one of only two Democratic women governors in the country, and her record as a progressive leader makes her seat a top target for Republican takeover this cycle. Kate’s impact on the lives of her constituents serves as a powerful example of why our country needs Democratic women in executive leadership positions now more than ever. Let’s show Kate the full strength of the EMILY’s List community — now more than five million members strong — and support her campaign to keep Oregon moving forward for women and families.