Throughout my time in public service, I’ve worked very hard to be the voice for the people of the enormous Second Congressional District and solve problems so that we can better care for our veterans, grow our economy, better manage our lands, and fight threats to our safety and security. With the strong support of residents of our district, together I think we’ve done a pretty good job. Our work is not yet finished, however. I’m running again to continue my service to Oregon and the country, and I’m asking for your support.
Oregon’s Second Congressional District—one of the largest in the country—stretches across nearly 70,000 square miles and two time zones, from Grants Pass to Ontario, Hood River to Enterprise. It takes a lot of “windshield time” to cover our vast distance, but I’ve held more than 53 town halls (and many other meetings and events) since the beginning of last year. Yet as I make my way around it, I often hear the same frustrations from residents: concerns about an overreaching federal government stifling rural economies and livelihoods.
That’s why back in Washington I work with both sides of the aisle to solve problems for our state and country. Five of my bills have passed the U.S. House so far this term, including:
- H.R. 1762: To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in The Dalles, Oregon, as the “Loren R. Kaufman VA Clinic”.- signed into law by the President on June 22, 2016
- H.R. 3826: Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act– passed House by a vote of 401-2 on June 8, 2016
- H.R. 4549: Treating Small Airports with Fairness Act of 2016- passed House unanimously on April 13, 2016
- H.R. 4596: Small Business Broadband Deployment Act– passed House unanimously on March 16, 2016
- H.R. 2583: Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2015– passed House unanimously on November 16, 2015
Over the past two years, the House has also approved three of my plans as part of larger bills, including my proposal to boost support for bridges in the Columbia Gorge.
Within the Oregon House delegation, I’ve had more bills pass through the House than any other member (this term and all terms), and have passed more bills through the House this term than 94% of other members of the U.S. House. I’m proud that this work has been bipartisan. In fact, the Lugar Center at Georgetown University found that in 2015 I was the most bipartisan member of the Oregon House delegation, and the 47th most bipartisan member of the House.