Experience, Commitment, and Community Involvement
Occupation: State Senator - Oregon Senate District 21, Former State Representative- Oregon House District 41
Senate Committee on Workforce - Chair; Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue - Member; Joint Committee on Tax Credits - Member; Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation & Modernization - Member; Joint Ways & Means Committee on Natural Resources - Member, 2015-present
Task force Appointments-
SB 222 Task force on Legal Representation in Child Dependency Cases - member 2015-2016; Fire Program Review Committee - 2015-2016
Work Groups, etc.-
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Work Group - Co-Chair, 2015-present; Environmental Caucus - Member, 2015-present; Work Group on Schedules that Work - Member, 2016; Workgroup on Taxation of Electronic Cigarettes - Co-Chair, 2016
Occupational Background: Auditor- State of Oregon, Multnomah County, City of Portland; Account Executive- Boly/Welch
Prior Governmental Experience: Senior Management Auditor; Citizen Budget Review Committee- Portland Public Schools; Court Appointed Special Advocate- Multnomah County
Educational Background: BA- University of Wisconsin, Madison; Masters of Public Policy- Rutgers University
Community Service: Past PTA President- Duniway Elementary; PTA member- Duniway Elementary; Willamette Women Democrats; Graduate- Emerge Oregon; Democratic Precinct Committee Person; Citizen Budget Review Committee- Portland Public Schools; Court Appointed Special Advocate; Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) Volunteer
Kathleen Taylor will transition seamlessly to the Oregon Senate to represent the voice of SD-21 in Salem. She has used her skills and experience effectively in the House of Representatives, and she has a long track record of involvement in our community. She is committed to the values and issues that matter most to the people of our community and will continue to be a successful leader in Salem.
Strengthening Public Schools
Strong public schools are the ladder of opportunity. Kathleen has advocated to restore a full school year and make sure all students have the chance to succeed. Kathleen has two kids in public schools and is a consistent advocate for education.
A Stronger Economy
Kathleen’s experience working with small businesses to find jobs for Oregonians gave her a clear picture of how jobs are created and what skills are needed to succeed. She will push for greater investment in workforce training and infrastructure to make Oregon more competitive. Kathleen knows working families are often without the supports they need she has voted to increase Oregon's minimum wage and provide work place protections for employees. She knows when workers succeed, Oregon's economy benefits.
Accountable and Efficient Government
As an auditor, Kathleen has shown government how to provide better services with limited resources using proven strategies. She has applied her skills as an auditor to the Oregon Legislature to make government more efficient and accountable.
A Healthy Environment
Oregon’s natural beauty and our unique quality of life are among our greatest assets. Kathleen will ensure they're protected for future generations. Kathleen is proud of legislation she helped to pass in the Legislature, including the landmark Coal to Clean and Clean Fuels laws. She currently Co-Chairs the Natural Resources Budget Writing Committee where she advocates for targeted investments to protect our environment.
Fairness for All Oregonians
Equal rights and protection of the vulnerable are among Kathleen's core values. She will continue to push for a government that serves ALL Oregonians, not just special interests, and will continue to fight to ensure a lived equality for all.