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Johnson receives Hatfield award


State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, received the League of Oregon Cities’ Mark O. Hatfield Statesmanship award during the league’s 88th annual conference Sept. 26 through 28.

The League of Oregon Cities presented Johnson with the award based on her votes that have “prioritized the delivery of vital public services,” according to a press release sent out by the LOC. The press release continues to outline Johnson’s advocacy for the Oregon Solutions program, which led to an effort to secure initial funding from from the governor’s office to address repeated flooding in Tillamook County.

The press release also highlights Johnson’s service on boards and commissions in Oregon, which include the Board of Visitors for the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Institute for Metropolitan Studies at Portland State University and as president of the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation, which has been a benefactor to many organizations in Oregon.

This is the sixth time the Hatfield award has been presented since its creation in 1996.