Laurie was a public health nurse for over 20 years in East County before she was elected to public office. She served on the School Board and as State Representative before her election to the Oregon State Senate in 2004. Over the years, Laurie has gained a reputation as a local leader who shows how much she cares for East County and the people living here each and every day.
In the Legislature, Laurie voted to raise the minimum wage and to implement paid sick leave so that families could care for themselves or their sick child without taking a financial hit. She also voted to protect renters and make housing more affordable by banning rent increases in the first year of a month-to-month rental. Laurie supported making more local employers eligible for small business loans so they can create more jobs. She also supported investing $7.3 billion in Oregon’s public schools to prevent teacher layoffs and keep class sizes from increasing.
As a nurse, Laurie cares about public health and safety. That is why Laurie has been a longtime advocate of the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team and has spent her time as Chair of the Oregon Senate Healthcare Committee making healthcare more accessible, especially for children and seniors.
Laurie values her work with many of East County’s community organizations, such as Human Solutions, SnowCap Community Charities, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Women’s Auxiliary, the Gresham Historical Society, the Gresham Chamber of Commerce & West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, and the Gresham United Methodist Church.
Laurie, a single mother of two kids, is now a proud grandmother of two. She loves reading and enjoys working in her yard.

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