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Rep. Parrish elected to leadership role with Women in Government


Parrish will be sworn in to her second term Jan. 14

At the 19th annual State Directors and 10th biennial First-Term Legislators Conference in St. Pete Beach, Fla., Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn) was sworn in as a 2013 state director with Women in Government.by: SUBMITTED - PARRISH

“Women in Government congratulates Rep. Parrish in her position as a state director.  State directors play a critical role in setting policy priorities for our organization,” said Marjorie Maginn, president and executive director of Women in Government.  “Rep. Parrish is a recognized leader in her state, and we are excited that she will now share her leadership skills with other women policymakers throughout the country.”

“I am honored to serve Oregon in a larger leadership role at a national level,” Parrish said. “Women continue to be underrepresented at policy-making tables across the nation, so I’m glad to be a part of a bipartisan organization that supports women as elected leaders and offers mentorship and policy expertise that I can bring back and utilize in Oregon.”

At the 19th annual State Directors Conference, women state legislators heard from expert speakers on a variety of public policy topics and their impact on states. Topics included health care reform, diabetes, emerging issues in energy policy, cervical cancer prevention, the current status of women in state legislatures, childhood obesity, public health, economic security and opportunities, and many others. This meeting also provided attendees with the opportunity share best practices and experiences to advance successful public policies.

Parrish, who will be sworn in for a second term Jan. 14, believes that engaging women in politics is critical for driving changes in the areas that truly affect women and families, such as education, access to health care and economic security. 

“Women have front-row tickets to the issues that affect families. By connecting them to government and encouraging them to raise their hand to run for office or serve on a board or commission, it helps create more well-rounded policies,” Parrish said. “Women in government inspires me to get more women in my community involved.”

Parrish joined Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, who was also sworn in as a state director with Women in Government. This marks Winters’ second term serving the organization.

Women in Government Foundation Inc. is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of women state legislators providing leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums and educational resources. Women in Government serves all 1,746 women who serve in state legislatures from across the country. 

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