The son of a millwright and the first in his family to attend college, Jeff Merkley has spent his entire career fighting for working families. As Speaker of the Oregon House, he led efforts to increase education spending, expand access to prescription drugs, crack down on predatory payday and car title lenders, create a new domestic partnerships law and pass landmark environmental legislation, while balancing the budget and creating the first ever Rainy Day fund.
Merkley's history of public service pre-dates his tenure in the Oregon House. As a college student, he interned for Senator Mark O. Hatfield whose seat he now holds. After earning degrees at Stanford University and Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Merkley worked as a civilian analyst at the Pentagon and then at the Congressional Budget Office. He later led Portland Habitat for Humanity and served as the Executive Director of the World Affairs Council. Elected in 2008, he is now serving in his first term in the Senate.
Senator Merkley currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Mary, a registered nurse and their two children, Jonathan and Brynne.
*If you are coming to Washington, DC, for the Inauguration please join Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley for a Constituent Coffee Hour. It will be held on Wednesday, January 21st from 9am - 10:30am in 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building, on Constitution Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets NE. Please call 202-224-3753 to RSVP.
Alphabetical Listing of Senators