Andrea Salinas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byConstituency established
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 38th district
In office
September 12, 2017 – January 9, 2023
Preceded byAnn Lininger
Succeeded byDaniel Nguyen
Personal details
Born
Andrea Rose Salinas

(1969-12-06) December 6, 1969 (age 54)
San Mateo, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseChris Ramey
Children1
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Andrea Rose Salinas (born December 6, 1969)[1] is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Oregon's 6th congressional district since 2023.[2] Oregon's 6th congressional district includes all of Yamhill and Polk counties, the part of Marion County that includes Salem and Woodburn, a small piece of Beaverton, and the suburban communities to the southwest of Portland, including Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood.

A member of the Democratic Party, Salinas served as the Oregon State Representative for the 38th district, which includes the City of Lake Oswego and portions of southwestern Portland, from 2017 to 2023.

Early life education and career

Salinas is the daughter of an immigrant from Mexico. She was born in San Mateo, California, and grew up in Pleasant Hill.[3] She is a first-generation college student who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.[4]

In 2004, Salinas registered as a federal lobbyist on behalf of the National Treasury Employees Union. She lobbied for two years before moving to Portland, where she later lobbied from 2015 to 2017.[5]

Early political career

After graduating from Berkeley, Salinas was a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Harry Reid and U.S. Representatives Pete Stark and Darlene Hooley.[2] She then worked as the legislative director of the Oregon Environmental Council. She left the Oregon Environmental Council to start her own legislative consulting practice. Before joining the Oregon House of Representatives, she was the Oregon Vice President of Strategies 360, a political consulting firm.[2][6]

In September 2017, Salinas was appointed to fill the vacancy in district 38 of the Oregon House of Representatives created when Ann Lininger was appointed to the Clackamas County Circuit Court. Salinas completed Lininger's term, and was reelected in 2018 and 2020.[7][8]

In the 81st Oregon Legislative Assembly, she served in the leadership team as the majority whip.[9] She also was the chair of the House Committee on Health Care.[3] In the 2022 regular session, Salinas was a chief sponsor of a bill that mandated overtime pay for farm workers in Oregon. The bill passed along party lines.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives

2022 election

See also: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Oregon § District 6

In November 2021, Salinas announced her candidacy to represent Oregon's new congressional district. This announcement came with controversy, as she did not live in the district. But living in the district is not a requirement for Congress. Salinas said that if she won the race, she would move into the district.[11][12]

On November 8, 2022, Salinas won the open seat with 50.1% of the vote, defeating Republican Mike Erickson.[13] After the election, Erickson filed a lawsuit against Salinas over a television ad. The lawsuit initially sought to block her from taking office. He sued under a state law that allows a judge to set aside election results if the judge determines that a false statement by the victor swayed voters enough to change the election's outcome. During a December hearing, Erickson indicated through his attorney that he did not wish to overturn the election results, but was still seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages because of Salinas campaign ads that said he had been charged with drug possession.[14] Salinas is being represented by the Portland law firm Markowitz Herbold PC and the Elias Law Group.[15]

In the 118th Congress, Salinas is the freshman representative for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.[16]

Caucus memberships

Committee assignments

Personal life

Salinas, a Roman Catholic, currently resides in Tigard.[20][21]

Electoral history

2018 Oregon State Representative, 38th district [22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andrea Salinas 25,974 97.6
Write-in 631 2.4
Total votes 26,605 100%
2020 Oregon State Representative, 38th district [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andrea Salinas 31,911 72.4
Republican Patrick Castles 12,152 27.6
Write-in 43 0.1
Total votes 44,106 100%
2022 US House of Representatives, Oregon's 6th congressional district [24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andrea Salinas 147,156 50.0
Republican Mike Erickson 139,946 47.5
Constitution Larry D McFarland 6,762 2.3
Write-in 513 0.2
Total votes 294,377 100%

See also

References

  1. ^ "Oregon New Members 2023". November 17, 2022. Archived from the original on November 19, 2022. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "State Rep. Andrea Salinas Will Run for Oregon's New Congressional Seat". Lake Oswego Review. November 9, 2021. Archived from the original on January 8, 2023. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "About". Representative Andrea Salinas. January 3, 2023. Archived from the original on January 3, 2023. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  4. ^ Stein, Gary M. (July 28, 2017). "Political consultants, restaurateur say they'll seek appointment to House District 38 seat". Lake Oswego Review. Archived from the original on September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "Oregon Rep. Andrea Salinas on how lobbying led to lawmaking". Archived from the original on March 26, 2023. Retrieved February 6, 2023.
  6. ^ Friedman, Gordon R. (September 18, 2017). "Salinas sworn in as newest state representative". Archived from the original on September 18, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Andrea Salinas chosen to fill House District 38 seat". Lake Oswego Review. September 13, 2017. Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Friedman, Gordon R. (September 14, 2017). "Andrea Salinas picked as newest Portland-area legislator". Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  9. ^ "Oregon House Democrats Elect 2021 Leadership Team" (PDF). November 16, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 26, 2021. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  10. ^ Terry, Lynne (March 4, 2022). "Oregon Legislature passes bill mandating overtime pay for farmworkers". Oregon Capital Chronicle. Archived from the original on January 8, 2023. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  11. ^ Jaquiss, Nigel (November 9, 2021). "State Rep. Andrea Salinas Will Run for Oregon's New Congressional Seat". Willamette Week. Archived from the original on January 8, 2023. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  12. ^ Stites, Sam (November 9, 2021). "Race for Oregon's new, sixth U.S. House seat comes into focus". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Archived from the original on January 8, 2023. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  13. ^ FLACCUS, GILLIAN. "Democrat Andrea Salinas wins US House seat in Oregon's newly created 6th District". Statesman Journal. Archived from the original on August 6, 2023. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  14. ^ Shumway, Julia (January 3, 2023). "Lawsuit lingers as Salinas prepares to be sworn into Congress". Oregon Capital Chronicle. Archived from the original on January 8, 2023. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  15. ^ "Oregon 6th Congressional District Defamation Lawsuit". Democracy Docket. October 5, 2022. Archived from the original on January 8, 2023. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  16. ^ a b "Congressional Hispanic Caucus Announces Leadership for 118th Congress". Congressional Hispanic Caucus. December 15, 2022. Archived from the original on January 5, 2023. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  17. ^ "Progressive Caucus". Progressive Caucus. Archived from the original on December 3, 2022. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  18. ^ "Reps. Joe Courtney and Andrea Salinas Join the New Democrat Coalition | New Democrat Coalition". newdemocratcoalition.house.gov. Archived from the original on April 27, 2023. Retrieved April 27, 2023.
  19. ^ "CCA Caucus List - CCA_Caucus_List.pdf" (PDF). s3.amazonaws.com. Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. December 6, 2023. Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  20. ^ Jeff Diamant (January 3, 2023). "Faith on the Hill. The religious composition of the 118th Congress" (PDF). PEW Research Center. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 16, 2023. Retrieved April 4, 2023.
  21. ^ Zaitz, Lyndon (September 23, 2023). "Lady of the House". Keizer Times. Retrieved January 8, 2024.
  22. ^ "November 6, 2018, General Election Abstract of Votes". Oregon Secretary of State. Archived from the original on April 6, 2023. Retrieved October 30, 2023.
  23. ^ "November 3, 2020, General Election Abstract of Votes" (PDF). Oregon Secretary of State. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 12, 2022. Retrieved October 30, 2023.
  24. ^ "November 8, 2022, General Election Abstract of Votes" (PDF). Oregon Secretary of State. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 12, 2023. Retrieved October 30, 2023.