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Christine Drazan succeeded longtime legislator Rep. Bill Kennemer in 2018 upon his retirement. She comfortably defeated her Democrat opponent to win her first foray into elective politics.
She is not new to the Capitol, however. She previously worked on staff of top Republican leadership during the 1990s and early 2000s. Other government experience includes serving on the Canby School District's budget committee as well as the Clackamas County Planning Commission.
Improving high school graduation rates and reforming state spending and budgeting processes drove her campaign and she established her conservative bona fides advocating for the Trump tax cuts: "We’re already seeing politicians in Salem who are trying to eliminate the progress made at the federal level by raising taxes here at home, and trying to roll back the benefits for local taxpayers. We need to protect those tax cuts...."
Leadership seems to have received the message. In her first session in the Legislature she will serve on the House Committee on Economic Development as well as on the House Committee on Health Care. Her passion for education landed her a seat on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means SubCommittee on Education.
In addition to her regular legislative duties, the governor, upon recommendation by the Speaker of the House, appointed Rep. Drazan to a seat on the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) for the next two years. The 15 members on the council are drawn from both business and higher education. The council has the responsibility to develop and regularly update a state plan for innovation and economic competitiveness. It reports annually to both the governor and the legislature.
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