Monthly meetings include keynote speakers

Rep. Julie Parrish (R-Tualatin/West Linn) announced she would resume Ladies at the Legislature, a popular brown bag lunch series she created in her freshman term designed to engage women with government at the Oregon State SUBMITTED - PARRISH

“I’m very excited to bring back Ladies at the Legislature this session and I’m honored to have Sen. Betsy Close join me in co-hosting this event,” Parrish said. Close (R-Corvallis/Albany) was appointed in 2012 to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Frank Morse.

Women of high-school age and older are invited to come to Salem and experience the legislative process alongside Parrish and Close. The invitation is neither district nor party-registration specific. The workshops are intended to engage and educate women about the functional side of Oregon government.

“We, as women, play an important role in government, both as voters and as elected or appointed representatives,” said Close. “The challenge is that government can be difficult to engage with, so I’m hopeful that by giving women in my community, and across Oregon, a chance to engage with the Legislature, it will increase their participation in the process.”

The event, which has drawn women from across Oregon, has heard speakers including Secretary of State Kate Brown and Gov. John Kitzhaber.

The first hour includes a legislative activity such as attending a floor session or going on a Capitol tour. For the second hour, ladies are invited to bring their own lunch or buy one in the cafeteria and then engage in a roundtable discussion with a featured guest.

The workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dates for this legislative session are Feb. 22, March 22, April 26, May 31 and June 21.

Questions and RSVPs can be directed to Parrish’s office. Parrish can be reached at 503-986-1437 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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