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The junior United States Senator from Oregon since 2009.
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ENG: Jeffrey Alan "Jeff" Merkley (born October 24, 1956) is the junior United States Senator from Oregon. A member of the Democratic Party, Merkley was a five-term member of the Oregon Legislative Assembly representing House District 47, located in eastern Multnomah County within the Portland city limits. He also served as Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives. He defeated two-term Republican incumbent Gordon Smith in the 2008 U.S. Senate election. Political career After completing his master's in 1982, Merkley was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow, working at the Office of the Secretary of Defense on the security of American military technology. After his fellowship, he worked in the Congressional Budget Office, analyzing nuclear weapons policies and ...
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Sen. Merkley to join Rep. Schrader at meeting‎

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, who is fighting a tough campaign for a second term, will be joined by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley to encourage volunteer canvassers this afternoon in Salem neighborhoods. Merkley unseated Republican Gordon Smith from the U.S. Senate in the Democratic tide of two years ago, when Schrader also won the 5th District seat vacated by Democrat Darlene Hooley. Schrader and Merkley will appear together starting at 1 p.m. at Marion County Democratic headquarters, 250 Liberty St. SE, Salem. They'll speak to volunteers at the campaign phone bank first. BY ...

Merkley, Wu Join In Veteran's Day Commemorations

Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative David Wu addressed members of American Legion Post 124 in Beaverton Thursday, in recognition of Veteran’s Day. The ceremony began at 11 o’clock sharp to mark the moment 92 years ago when the guns fell silent at the end of the first World War. The event was held at the Bethel Congregation United Church, before an overflow crowd. The ceremony recognized members of all service branches, with a special tribute to the service of American women. Representative David Wu thanked veterans for their service. He spoke of his ...

Merkley joins uprising to change Senate's rules...

Joining forces with some of the Senate's newest members, Sen. Jeff Merkley is working to loosen the institution's rules on filibusters and other procedural tools that are used to stall progress on even the most basic legislative actions. The gambit is a direct response to the often immovable barriers that can be erected by a single senator or a small group. Those tools have have blocked hundreds of bills and nominations in the last year, frustrating many members but especially those like Merkley who were elected in 2008. Merkley is circulating a 7-page memo that outlines his ...

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From despair to determination
Like you, I'm stunned. This is a dark and disturbing moment for our country, and you have every right to feel the way that you do right now. This election result is troubling in what it says about American values and what it means for our future. But that's not a reason to despair. It's a reason to work even harder. It's going to be more important than ever in the wake of this election that we stand up for equality, diversity, and justice. That we love and support our fellow citizens, immigrants, refugees, and anyone fearing a surge of hate, discrimination, and exclusion. It's up to us to fight for the values we cherish and the progressive vision we hold dear. We must renew our fight for a We the People democracy that responds to the real needs of working families, not the powerful and wealthy special interests. If this election shows us anything, it's how many people feel left behind by an economy that only makes the rich richer and a political system that consistently ignores their n
Sign the Petition: Fire Steve Bannon.
Donald Trump is appointing as his chief strategist an unrepentant white nationalist: Steve Bannon. That’s not OK, and we need to make that as clear as day to the President-elect. Steve Bannon proudly turned the Breitbart News site into a bastion of “alt-right” racism, sexism, hatred, and bigotry. It has a news section called “Black Crime.” After the massacre of African American churchgoers in Charleston, it promoted flying the Confederate flag as a symbol of “glorious heritage.” The outburst of hate speech and attacks on women, immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, and so many others, is a direct consequence of a Trump campaign that embraced Steve Bannon's extreme and hateful worldview. Sign the Petition: Call on Donald Trump to rescind the appointment of Steve Bannon, repudiate his horrific, racist, sexist, bigoted views, and call for an end to violence, hate speech, and intimidation. Jeff
The resistance
The time for mourning is over. If Donald Trump follows through on half the things he talked about on the campaign trail, we’re in trouble. And the early signs are that he intends to do just that. Add your name right now and let’s build the movement to fight back! What does it mean to be part of the resistance to Trump? When people are attacked for who they are, or where they come from, we will fight. When the Administration hands over our clean air, water, and lands to corporate polluters, we will fight. When human rights, civil rights, and voting rights are under attack, we will fight. When the interests of Wall Street and corporate conglomerates are placed ahead of working families and the health of our planet, we will fight. It means taking action. I’m going to be on the front lines of these fights in the U.S. Senate, and I’m going to need you with me. Join me and let’s stand up for our values together! Jeff
Cash (as in Johnny)
To quote the late, great Johnny Cash: I’ve been everywhere, man.From Keokuk, Iowa to Reno, Nevada.  From Hood River, Oregon to Madison, Wisconsin, I’ve been crisscrossing this great country to rally support for progressive candidates. Along the way, I’ve had wonderful conversations with grassroots activists about how we’re going to stand up to the special interests, fight climate change, and rebuild the middle class by working together. We can’t let up until the polls close on Tuesday. Chip in some cash right now to power Get Out the Vote efforts in five of the closest U.S. Senate races in America! I want progressive change.  I want a Supreme Court that stands up for our core values.  I want to fight climate change with the urgency the crisis demands. I want an economy that works first and foremost for working families, not big bank and billionaires.I want to work with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to make the most progressive party pl

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