Andrea Salinas

State Representative, House District 38

For more than 20 years, Andrea Salinas has been on the frontlines advocating for policies that protect women and children, working people, seniors, and the environment. As a first-generation American, she brings the spirit of hard work and determination, instilled in her at a young age, to her efforts in the legislature.

She knows that a quality education and fair employment opportunities provide the building blocks for stronger communities.

Andrea was appointed to the legislature in September 2017 and won her first election in 2018. Andrea quickly assumed leadership roles in the legislature where she serves as the Chair of the House Committee on Health Care, Co-Chair of the Oregon Complete Count Committee and Assistant Majority Leader.

In addition, Andrea serves on the recently formed House Subcommittee on Behavioral Health, Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services, the Energy & Environment Committee, the Willamette Falls Locks Commission and the Oregon Public Employees’ Benefit Board. She is also awaiting confirmation to serve on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

As the Chair of the House Health Care Committee, Andrea has learned that health care costs increasingly consume a larger portion of families’ take-home pay and small business profits. That is why in her first year, Andrea introduced and passed bills to lower the price of
prescription drugs and to expand access to quality care for all Oregonians.

Domestic violence, sexual harassment, and gun safety issues are at the forefront of Andrea’s work. Ninety-four percent of women who experience harassment at work do not file a complaint, and of those who do report harassment, seventy-five percent experience retaliation. Last session, Andrea championed efforts to protect Oregonians from workplace harassment as well as gun violence, and passed the nation’s strongest Paid Family and Medical Leave policy. Protecting Oregon’s abundant natural resources is foundational to our state’s future sustainability and economic development.

Andrea is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon and investing in clean energy technologies and family-wage jobs needed to leave a healthy legacy for our children.

Andrea has her BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Lake Oswego with her husband Chris, daughter Amelia and labradoodle Cooper.

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I. Basic Needs—
If there’s anything that the novel coronavirus pandemic has shown us is that the gap between the haves and the have-nots is further widening across the country and Oregon is no exception. Basic human needs, and the ability to access these needs, is more pronounced than ever between various races, classes and populations. These inequities and problems existed before COVID-19 but they are magnified as we navigate our way through this crisis to find solutions.That is why I have been a strong supporter of the legislature’s efforts to prevent Oregonians from losing their homes and for increasing shelter capacity. Prior to becoming a legislator, as an advocate in 2017, and during the 2019 legislative session, I advocated for and voted to put a stop to no-cause evictions and to put an end on runaway rent increases. I also supported a bill in the 2020 legislative session, and as a member of the Joint Special Committee on Cororonavirus Response, to remove the red tape to make it easier for counties and local jurisdictions to provide much needed additional housing shelter. We know that those who don’t have a place to call home are at an extreme disadvantage to avoiding coronavirus infection and recovery from infection. We must do more to address our houseless populations across the state and our current pandemic state has made this situation all the more urgent.We have also witnessed the inequities in health outcomes with coronavirus if you are a Latino or a person of color in the U.S. and here in Oregon. This stems from many different causes, including larger families living in close quarters who don’t have the ability to socially distance, employment that exposes workers to the coronavirus, and a lack of access to quality health care. This is one reason I have been a champion for Oregon to figure out a way to bring universal access to our state. In my first term as a new legislator in 2018, I served as the Chair of the Universal Access to Healthcare Workgroup where we examined ten or so different policy options that could be brought forward to help bridge the gap for the under- and uninsured Oregonians. In 2019, I was a chief cosponsor of SB 770 which sets up a task force to make a recommendation for how Oregon can move to a public, state administered health care system. One of my priorities for the session was HB 2012, a bill that requires the Oregon Health Authority to design a Medicaid-like buy- in option. This bill was included in SB 770. This will help those who currently do not have affordable access to health care to purchase a state-designed plan. But what is apparent as we try to respond to COVID-19 is that our system of disparate payers is a system that does not respond nimbly to a health pandemic. Your zip code or health insurance should not dictate whether or not you get care and nobody should be afraid of balance billing at the end of an ICU visit. Health care truly is as fundamental a right as housing.

II. Education—
As a daughter to a Mexican immigrant and the first one in my family to graduate from college, I understand that education is the cornerstone of opportunity and public institutions help provide the equity needed for all young people to chart their own path to success. Once again, this has become acutely evident as our education system tries to address learning in the midst of a pandemic.

We know that our K-12 schools are no longer a place just for learning. When the governor signed her executive order to close all Oregon schools, families across the state were scrambling to figure out how to provide daytime care for their children, how they would provide food for their children and how they were supposed to access long-distance learning. The first questioned I asked of our Lake Oswego school board wasn’t how many laptops can we hand out but how many kids rely on free and reduced meals. Our schools have become hubs for social services and direct care for some of Oregon’s most vulnerable families and even in an affluent school district, there are hundreds of kids who rely on school for their daily meals.

While the Student Success Act did not provide for the pre-kindergarten needs of our smallest learners, it did address an historic $2 billion investment in our K-12 public education system by taxing corporations on their Oregon sales over $1 million. I was proud to vote for the Student Success Act which will enable schools to lower class size, provide career and technical education and provide mental health services in our schools. As I stated earlier, school has become so much more than a place to learn and it is simply not fair to our students or our teachers not to provide them with the state budget resources needed to address the various needs of our children with various learning abilities, and with a wide range of social, emotional and human service needs. While this funding does not achieve the Quality Education Model level of funding, it is a good start.

I. Basic Rights
We call on our state legislators to pursue universal publicly funded health care for the state of Oregon.
We call for all members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation to co-sponsor and actively work for the passage of expanded and improved Medicare.
We support the continuation and expansion of Medicaid.
Agree
We recognize that there is a housing crisis in our local communities and across the state. We direct Multnomah County and the City of Portland to develop affordable housing for individuals and families with zero to moderate incomes. Agree
We strongly support women’s rights to reproductive freedom of choice including unfettered access to reproductive health care services regardless of their ability to pay.
We oppose any legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood.
Agree
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I have been working on reproductive health care access since I was a contract lobbyist for NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon in 2017 and led the lobbying efforts to pass the most comprehensive reproductive health access bill in the nation. While the bill passed in 2017, there have been many hurdles in ensuring the program is implemented as intended. We needed to make sure that undocumented women were aware of the program given the public charge provisions from the federal government. As a new legislator, I helped to secure funding so community based organizations would have resources needed to do outreach to Latino communities. I have also been working to make sure that Providence Health and Services provides abortion services in their facilities. This still has not been established and now I’m working with OHA to make sure those on Medicaid aren’t prevented from abortion access due to the CareOregon and Providence merger.

II: Natural Resources Protection and Recovery
We support passage of state legislation to change our goals for economy-wide reduction of Oregon’s Greenhouse Gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and at least 50% reduction by 2035. Agree
We support the development and passage of legislation to provide mandates and incentives to:

• Expand public transportation systems; Advance an early transition to electric and zero-emission vehicles;
• Advance weatherization and structural improvements in existing buildings; Support implementation of solar energy production;
• Advance new net-zero-energy buildings and methane-free new construction; Incentivize energy efficiency in Oregon’s industries;
• Improve tree canopy and rooftop plantings where possible in all urban areas to reduce heat island effect;
• Require that electricity be produced entirely by renewable sources by 2040 and require net zero carbon building codes by 2030.

Agree
We support the development and passage of a Forest Protection and Restoration Act that will:

• Eliminate clear-cut forestry on all publicly held and managed lands and maximize climate resilient management;
• Eliminate all tax incentives to industrial forests not employing climate resilient management practices that re-establish multi-species and multi-aged forests, including protecting riparian areas that will lower stream temperature for fish habitat, restore intact functioning watershed areas, reduce landslides, protect municipal water supplies, and restore floodplain functioning to Oregon’s rivers and streams;
• Maintain incentives and subsidize independent landholders who engage in these practices;
• Reduce roads in forests; Develop and implement treatments to restore healthy forest soils;
• Accelerate programs to reduce and eventually eliminate forest stream passage barriers in Oregon;
• And re-evaluate the property tax structure for Oregon’s commercial forests.

Agree
We support a ban for any new fossil fuel infrastructure. Agree
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III: Education
We call for legislation compelling large corporations to pay their fair share of taxes toward full funding to ensure the future of Oregon education Agree
We support public funding of a full-day, full-year, universal public preschool program for children age 3 to 4 in Multnomah County that is high quality, playbased, culturally responsive, and developmentally appropriate for young children. Agree
We recognize that poverty is a systemic problem embedded in society at large and believe that schools can be responsive in addressing poverty-related traumas, including the effects on highly mobile students. Therefore, we recommend that funding be invested in PreK-12 wrap-around services including mentoring, after-school programs, counselors, culturally relevant curriculum and instruction, and critical race theory initiatives, and other programs that have been proven effective in assuring student success. Agree
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IV: Equity
We call for proactive educational programs for all law enforcement personnel and for all local, city, county, and state government personnel to safeguard black and brown lives and protect them from race-based law enforcement actions that far too often end in death. Agree
We demand equal pay for equal work for women from all employers in Multnomah County. Agree
Black Lives Matter. We call for legislation that provides meaningful protection for African Americans at all levels of the justice system Agree
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V: Tribal Sovereignty
We call for universal, publicly funded health care to close health disparities exacerbated by Congress chronically under-funding Indian Health Service. Agree
We demand compliance with treaties between the United States and Tribal nations and hold the federal government to their trust responsibility. Agree
We support legislation that fully funds teams of investigators to work in consultation with Tribal authorities to respond to each murder and disappearance of Native American persons anywhere in Oregon. Agree
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VI. Historical and Ongoing Anti-Blackness in Oregon
We call on the Oregon State Legislature to immediately assess the Black correctional populations at the county, city, and state levels.
We also demand that there be review of punishments (bail amounts, sentence lengths, amount of time served before parole) being levied at unfairly high levels on Black Oregonians. This is particularly important for disparities based on gender and race for similar crimes to other racial/ethnic groups.
We demand there be significant Criminal Justice reform in the form of investment into counseling, alternative sentencing, job training, and rehabilitation for Oregon’s over-incarcerated Black population.
Agree
We call on the Oregon State Legislature to authorize bank audits to expose patterns of racial discrimination in lending and require these banks to extend loans to Black businesses and Black institutions. Wells Fargo and Umpqua received bailout from taxpayers and owe a debt to all taxpayers regardless of race. Additionally, Wells Fargo has a long and storied history of using predatory schemes to extract wealth from Black communities. Increasing SBA loans to Black businesses would be an excellent way for banks to begin to redress the past harms they have inflicted on Black communities. Agree
The Oregon State Legislature must create a law that mandates public schools in the state teach students about America’s original sin of slavery and the Jim Crow era that followed, with an emphasis on the state of Oregon.
The legislation should also incentivize the training, hiring, and retention of Black American teachers to teach the aforementioned subject matters. This will help address the Black teacher shortage in Oregon.
Agree
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I am really interested in the bank audit idea. Do you know if this belongs more to the Secretary of State’s office in terms of audits and do they need authorization?

VII. Justice
We call for the repeal of all mandatory minimum sentencing in Oregon, substituting Guidelines in its place, and allowing a judge to have discretion in all cases. Agree
We call on the State Legislature to pass pay equity legislation for Public Defenders and Prosecutors and their staffs. Agree
The Oregon Legislature should do away with cash bail, which discriminates against poor people, who are disproportionally people of color. Agree
We believe that the voters of Oregon should abolish the Death Penalty and life without parole sentencing. Agree
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VIII. Election Integrity and Legislative Alignment
We demand campaign finance reform.
We demand that the state Attorney General challenge corporate personhood, and that state and federal legislators pass laws and a constitutional amendment clarifying that corporations are not people and money is not speech
Agree
We encourage voters to pass an Oregon constitutional amendment to allow the state to regulate political contributions and expenditures.
We call for Oregon state legislation to set limits on contributions by individuals, PACS, corporations, and unions to candidates, candidate committees, political party committees and any other political committee
Agree
We support legislation that requires voter-verifiable paper ballots in all elections, and tabulation software that is open source, non-proprietary, and available for public scrutiny and analysis with source code that is verified using a public method by qualified third parties independent of any political party or vendor, and that guarantees secure chains of custody so there can be no modifications after certification. Agree
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IX. Media
We support a comprehensive net neutral public utility to provide state of the art internet access to serve all end users. Agree
We support the full funding of Public Broadcasting stations and networks, possibly supplemented by small donations from the public, to eliminate the inhibition of investigative reporting of sponsoring entities.
We support the development of ways to assure stable funding well-protected from political interference.
Agree
We support corporate responsibility with the management of our personal data. We demand internet media companies pay individuals for use of their personal data, and if there is a data breach to pay for all damages. Agree
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X. Economy
We support breaking up monopolies, starting with barring Internet common carriers (i.e. Google, Facebook) from competing with businesses that use them. Agree
We support the creation of a public bank in Portland/Oregon Agree
We support the creation of either a cap-and-trade program or a carbon tax with dividend to recognize the need to eliminate fossil fuel use as one means to fight global warming. Agree
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I’m not sure that we entirely need a public bank but I think I understand the desired outcomes. I too want to see lending and banking options for more than just big, corporate behemoths but can’t we just put additional regulations on current lenders? We are currently witnessing what I believe are unscrupulous if not illegal forms of discrimination in lending right now with the federal PPP grants. I hope to hold these lenders accountable.

XI. Labor and Workers’ Rights
We call for the decriminalization of paid sexual acts between consenting adults and legislation allowing sex workers to organize. Agree
We oppose all legislation that diminishes workers’ rights to organize. Agree
We support legislation requiring retraining of displaced workers. We call for state and federal legislation to provide transition plans as technology and innovation change the workplace Agree
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XII. Immigration
We call on the Federal Government to never take immigrant children away from their detained parents and to reunite families that have already been separated. Agree
We call on every member of the Oregon Congressional delegation to cosponsor and actively work for the passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM Act). Agree
We call on the State and local governments of Oregon to adopt policies that protect immigrants from unlawful enforcement of immigration laws. In addition, we call on the institutions to not participate in the enforcement of Federal immigration laws Agree
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XIII. Infrastructure
We support legislation to promote and implement high-speed rail or other high-speed technology, including monorail, within Oregon and along the West Coast. Agree
We support construction of renewable energy facilities or facilities that include carbon sequestration technology. Agree
We support public funding for electric vehicle infrastructure throughout Oregon. Agree
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XIV. Abuse of Power
We support efforts to stipulate that corporations are not people, and money is not speech. Agree
We call for responding to drug addiction with treatment not imprisonment. Agree
We support legislation holding law enforcement personnel liable for inflicting harm through the use of excessive force. Agree
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