Shemia Fagan has spent nearly a decade in public service fighting to ensure fairness for Oregonians. She currently serves as a State Senator, representing Southeast Portland, Happy Valley, Milwaukie, and North Clackamas. She chairs the Committee on Housing and Development and she serves on the Healthcare Committee, and she previously served two terms in the State House. She is also the proud mother of two children.
Shemia worked her way through college and law school to become a civil rights attorney. She was driven by the need to stand up for those who don’t have an advocate. Shemia has spent her career fighting for working Oregonians, holding big corporations accountable, and speaking truth to power. She’s been on the forefront of fights to stabilize housing costs for Oregonians statewide, make healthcare more affordable, expand voting rights, and create the Small Business Advocate within the Secretary of State’s office.
On healthcare . . .
"With Roe vs. Wade under attack at the federal level, it’s more important than ever that Oregon’s next Secretary of State will safeguard our initiative petition system from fraudulent attempts to limit access to abortion and reproductive care. Shemia is the only candidate to receive endorsements from NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon."
On the environment . . .
"The Secretary of State sits on the state land board, helping to oversee the management of millions of acres of public lands. Fagan has been endorsed by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, with a 94% rating on their 2019 scorecard."
Plans for Economy
"The Secretary of State audits programs that working families rely on — including Oregon’s Medicaid system, public school funding, and the state employment department. This office is also in charge of overseeing Oregon’s campaign finance system, ensuring everyday Oregonians have a voice in our elections. In 2016, Fagan championed a successful legislative push to raise Oregon’s minimum wage. During the 2019 legislative session, legislators faced a key vote on whether or not to protect the retirement promised to public employees. Fagan voted to protect the retirement of firefighters and other public employees and helped lead the successful effort to create paid family medical leave."
"The Secretary of State has the power to audit Oregon Department of Education programs, ensuring tax dollars make it to the classroom and serve all students. The Secretary also serves on the State Board of Education as an Ex Officio member. In 2019, Fagan voted to send billions of dollars in investment to Oregon classrooms through the Student Success Act, and she voted to protect the retirement of teachers. Hass voted for and worked on the Student Success Act, but voted to cut retirement benefits for teachers and other school employees."