BlueOregon just received this news release from State Senator Rick Metsger:
State Senator Rick Metsger (D-Mt. Hood) today declared his intention to file for re-election to his seat in the Oregon State Senate. Metsger represents District 26 which covers much of East Clackamas County, portions of East Multnomah County and all of Hood River County.
Metsger, who previously has indicated his concern about the need for strong leadership on the issues of health care and education says he would be most effective in making change by driving legislative action in the Senate.
The rest of the news release after the jump.
As Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee in 2003, Metsger co-authored and helped push to passage a $2.5 billion dollar package to repair Oregon s aging bridge network. It was Oregon s largest investment in transportation infrastructure since the building of the interstate highway system in the 1950s.
In 2005, as Chairman of The Senate Business Committee, Metsger co-authored and helped push to passage SB408 which could save ratepayers millions of dollars by preventing utilities from collecting taxes from ratepayers they don't owe.
Having successfully met these challenges, Metsger believes his demonstrated ability to bring stakeholders together on key issues will help in finally addressing the state s education and health care needs.
"It is time we stop talking about providing our children with the finest education possible and start delivering on that promise", Metsger said. In the months ahead I will work with interested colleagues and the Governor to develop specific plans of action to move Oregon forward and fulfill our obligation to our children.
Metsger was elected to the Oregon Senate in 1998 and re-elected in 2002. He chaired the Senate Committee on Business and Economic Development, served as a member of the Revenue Committee, Human Services Committee and the Transportation Committee. He also sits on the Willamette River Cleanup Authority, The State Debt Policy Advisory Committee and the State Interoperability Executive Council.