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February Ladies at the Legislature set

Ladies at the Legislature, the brown bag lunch series created to engage women with government at the Oregon State Capitol, will feature Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Northwest Portland/Beaverton.

Hayward will provide an update on her work in the short session and how she balances her service in the Oregon Legislature with her work as a family physician and mother. The nonpartisan event is co-hosted by Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn/Tualatin, and Sen. Betsy Close, R-Albany.


“Senator Steiner Hayward is one of the busiest women I know and provides a great perspective of what it means to be a citizen-legislator,” said Parrish. “As a family physician, Elizabeth brings a unique perspective to the critical health care discussions that happen at the Oregon Legislature.”

Women from 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.

The event, which has drawn women from across Oregon, has included speakers Senate President Peter Courtney and Secretary of State Kate Brown.

The first hour includes a legislative activity such as attending a floor session or going on a capitol tour. For the second hour, women 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 workshop will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Questions and RSVPs can be directed to Parrish’s office. She can be reached at 503-986-1437 or rep.julieparrish@state.or.us.

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