by: CONTIRBUTED PHOTO - State Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson (D-Dist. 47).First-term East Portland state Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson filed for re-election with Oregon’s Secretary of State today.

“I ran for office because I wanted to make sure that the people of East Portland had a champion in the Oregon legislature. Many areas in our community are missing basic resources and we have far too many people still looking for work — that needs to change.” says Pederson, who represents District 47.

First elected in 2012, ederson is the first Latina to serve in the Oregon House of Representatives. According to her official biography, she is a board member of the Hazelwood Neighborhood Association, a member of the Eastside Egg Co-op at Zenger Farms and a member of the East Portland Action Plan. She has also served as political chair of the Sierra Club, a Natural Area crew leader with the Friends of Trees and a volunteer with the Bus Project.

During her first legislative session in 2013, supported increased public education funding, additional investments in job training and higher education, and tuition equity for all qualified Oregonians, regardless of immigration status.

If re-elected, Pederson says she will be committed to continue pushing for greater investments in early education and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. She would also continue to advocate for solutions to inequalities within Oregon’s tax code.

“As a state, we need long-term solutions that will close the growing gap between the wealthiest Americans and those who have the least. We need to tackle poverty and we need to expand access to opportunity for all Oregonians,” says Pederson.

Pederson co-chairs the Joint Committee on Legislative Audits, Information Management and Technology, and is a member of the House Committees on Revenue, Energy and Environment, and Consumer Protection. Most recently, Vega Pederson was appointed to the Oregon Commission on Latino Affairs as well as the Oregon Commission on Global Warming.

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