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Kathleen Taylor (Oregon)

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Kathleen Taylor
Oregon House of Representatives, District 41
In office
January 12, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Master'sRutgers University
ProfessionAuditor for the State of Oregon
Office website
Campaign website
Kathleen Taylor is a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 41. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Taylor earned her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.S. in Public Policy from Rutgers University. Her professional experience includes working as auditor for the State of Oregon, Multnomah County and the City of Portland, and as an account executive at Boly/Welch.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Taylor served on the following committees:

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2015
Human Services and Housing


Campaign themes


Taylor's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Strengthening Public Schools

  • Excerpt: "Strong public schools are the ladder of opportunity. Kathleen will fight to restore a full school year and ensure all students have the chance to succeed. She has two kids in public schools and is a PTA President and longtime education advocate."

A Stronger Economy

  • Excerpt: "Kathleen’s experience working with small businesses to find jobs for Oregonians gave her a clear picture of how jobs are created and what skills are needed to succeed. She will push for greater investment in workforce training and infrastructure to make Oregon more competitive."

Accountable and Efficient Government

  • Excerpt: "As an auditor, Kathleen has shown government how to provide better services with limited resources using proven strategies. She’ll make government more transparent and accountable."

A Healthy Environment

  • Excerpt: "Oregon’s natural beauty and our unique quality of life are among our greatest assets. Kathleen will ensure they're protected for future generations."

Fairness for all Oregonians

  • Excerpt: "Equal rights and protection of the vulnerable are core values. She will make sure government serves ALL Oregonians, not just those with deep pockets."



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Kathleen Taylor defeated Deborah Barnes, Ted Roe and Kaliko Castille in the Democratic primary. Timothy McMenamin was unopposed in the Republican primary. McMenamin ran on the Libertarian ticket and Taylor ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Taylor defeated McMenamin in the general election.[2][3]

Oregon House of Representatives District 41, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen Taylor 70.5% 18,845
     Republican Timothy E. McMenamin 29.1% 7,774
     None Miscellaneous 0.4% 117
Total Votes 26,736


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Oregon

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In 2014, Taylor's endorsements included the following:[4]

  • NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC
  • Oregon League of Conservation Voters
  • Oregon State Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Oregon Business Association
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48
  • Ironworkers Local 29
  • Joint Council of Teamsters No. 37
  • Former Governor Barbara Roberts


Taylor and her husband have two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carolyn Tomei (D)
Oregon House of Representatives - District 41
Succeeded by