Alan Olsen — Dist. 20


Senator Alan Olsen
State Sen. Alan Olsen
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At the midpoint of his first term in the Senate, Alan Olsen smiled as he considered the legislative victories he was able to secure regarding job growth and education in the two sessions. "I set out this session to be an outspoken voice for job creation," he said through a press release at the end of the short 2012 session.

Sen. Olsen defeated Martha Schrader in 2010; she had been appointed by the Clackamas Board of Commissioners to complete the unexpired term of her husband, Kurt, upon his election to Congress for Oregon CD5 in 2008. In his first sessions, Sen. Olsen had little time to learn the ropes. He was Vice-Chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee and was a member of the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

In 2013 he continued his role as Vice-Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and to serve with Sen. Boquist on the (renamed) Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

For the 78th Legislative Session, following a comfortable re-election victory, Sen. Olsen continued his roles on the above committees and added to his schedule the Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Services & Early Childhood.

Like his Marion (and Clackamas) County Republican colleague Rep. Bill Kennemer, Sen. Olsen's committee assignments and roles will remain the same for the 79th Legislative Assembly. There is one minor change however:  The Senate Committee on Human Services & Early Childhood has changed its name and focus for this session by dropping the Early Childhood portion.

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