Salem Setting Up for Next Session, Election

2011 Session: What Comes Next?
Since the 2011 Oregon legislative session ended at the end of June, legislators have already started the campaign season by scheduling a number of fundraisers. Look for your own legislator to host a town hall meeting in your area this summer. It would be great to get our credit union advocates out to meet with Oregon legislators!

There may be changes to the make-up of legislative committees, but those are not likely to occur for a few weeks. The legislature will return to Salem in September for the revenue forecast and interim legislative days. The Association will be sending out its end of session legislative report, which will include a review of the legislative session in general, and specific information on bills that impact credit unions or that staff was actively engaged in.

Legislative Changes
Hours after the end of the 2011 legislative session, Oregon House Democrats replaced their leader, Rep. Dave Hunt of Gladstone, with Portland Rep. Tina Kotek. Reports have stated division among House Democrats this session, leading up to the leadership change. Kotek is currently serving her third term in the Oregon House, has been the Speaker Pro Tem, and has co-chaired a human resources budget subcommittee.

State Representative Mary Nolan has announced she will be running for the Portland City Council in 2012. Nolan, a Democrat from southwest Portland, will be running against incumbent Commissioner Amanda Fritz for a seat on the Council.

Gubernatorial Staffing Changes
Dmitri Palmateer has been named the new Legislative Director for Governor John Kitzhaber. Palmateer has worked for Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in both the state House of Representatives and in Congress. He is currently Senator Merkley’s statewide business liaison. Palmateer will replace Brian Shipley, who is leaving the job to work for Forest Capital Partners.

Oregon’s First Congressional District
Rep. Brad Witt (D-31) has officially entered the race for Oregon’s 1st Congressional seat, currently held by Congressman David Wu (D-OR 1). Witt’s only endorsement so far is from Mike Caldwell, the number two official in the Oregon Military Department and Acting Director of the state’s Office of Emergency Management. Witt joins Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian in the race. State Senator Suzanne Bonamici (D-17) has also stated she is considering running for the seat.


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