Jennifer Williamson

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Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer williamson.jpg
Oregon House of Representatives District 36
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 1
Assistant Majority Leader-Politics, Oregon House of Representatives
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oregon
J.D.Willamette University
Office website
Campaign website
Jennifer Williamson is a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 36. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012. She currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader-Politics.


Williamson earned her B.S. in Political Science/Women's Studies from the University of Oregon in 1996 and her J.D. from Willamette University. Her professional experience includes working for Education Research Nonprofit, as an assistant vice-president for Communications and Public Affairs at Portland State University and as an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine, Portland.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Williamson served on the following committees:

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means


Campaign themes


Williamson's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

Putting Public Education First

  • Excerpt: "Jennifer strongly supports Pay It Forward, Pay It Back legislation to increase access to our public universities and community colleges. Qualified students could go to a public university or community college tuition-free with a binding contract to pay a small, fixed percentage of their annual adjusted gross incomes after they graduate."

Proven Pro-Choice Champion

  • Excerpt: "Jennifer has been a lifelong pro-choice leader — having served as a clinic escort and is a member of the board of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. She recognizes the serious threat facing women’s basic rights around the nation. In Salem, Representative Williamson will continue to stand up to any attempt to roll back our reproductive rights."

Promoting Economic Progress for Oregon

  • Excerpt: "Jennifer supports smart investments in career and technical education to help graduates find jobs and stay here in Oregon."

Patients before Profits

  • Excerpt: "Jennifer will keep working to move us closer to universal coverage for all Oregonians."

Progressive Ideas on Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "She will continue to stand up for common sense gun laws like tougher penalties for illegal transfers of high capacity magazines."



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Jennifer Williamson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. She is also running in the Working Families Party ticket. Amanda Burnham is running as a Libertarian candidate. Williamson and Burnham will face off in the general election.[3][4]


See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2012

Williamson won election in the 2012 election for Oregon House District 36. Williamson defeated Sharon Meieran and Benjamin Jay Barber in the May 15 Democratic primary and defeated Bruce Neal (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Oregon House of Representatives, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Williamson 82.5% 26,785
     Republican Bruce Neal 17.5% 5,664
Total Votes 32,449
Oregon House of Representatives, District 36 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Williamson 53.3% 5,418
Sharon Meieran 44.3% 4,509
Benjamin Jay Barber 2.4% 240
Total Votes 10,167

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Williamson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Williamson raised a total of $252,561 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 13, 2013.[8]

Jennifer Williamson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Oregon State House, District 36 Won $252,561
Grand Total Raised $252,561


Williamson won election to the Oregon State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Williamson raised a total of $252,561.
Oregon State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jennifer Williamson's campaign in 2012
Knight, Philip H.$20,000
Working America$12,053
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association$10,000
Oregon AFL-CIO$8,899
Total Raised in 2012$252,561
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2013, the 77th Oregon State Legislature, first session, was in session from February 4 to July 9. In 2014, the 77th Oregon State Legislature, second session, was in session from February 3 to March 10.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills that impacted the businesses of family farmers and ranchers.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for issues that are important to AFT-Oregon. Priorities of the organization are based on the issues most important to its members working lives.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to the business community.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to civil liberties.
  • Legislators are scored based on their record in advocating for and advancing Oregon's public schools.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to Oregon's public schools.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record for bills relating to conservation.
  • Senators were scored on 14 key bills, while Representatives were graded on 17 bills.



In 2014, Williamson's endorsements include the following:[9]

  • Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon
  • Oregon Working Families Party
  • Oregon AFL-CIO
  • AFSCME-Oregon
  • Basic Rights Oregon

  • NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC
  • Oregon Education Association
  • American Federation of Teachers-Oregon
  • Portland Association of Teachers
  • Oregon State Fire Fighters Council


Williamson is married to her husband, Paul.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Nolan (D)
Oregon House of Representatives - District 36
Succeeded by