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Even though the district's map did not change all that much, redistricting played quite a role in flipping this seat to Republican Rep. Tracy Cramer. The creation of the new Congressional District in the mid-Willamette Valley was just too tempting for the Democrat incumbent who vacated a nearly-certain re-election for what turned out to be a losing bid for Congress. The Gervais-born-and-raised mother and business owner defeated the Woodburn school board director in a close contest.
"Our community made it clear that greater educational opportunities for students, public safety, and cost of living were very important. I hope to use this position as a voice for our district and will do so in the Education-related committees I will be on. I will also be sponsoring legislation ensuring law enforcement has the tools they need to address rising crime. A big priority will also be to bring down the cost of living by lowering taxes for working families and providing local resources for professional development. I ran on a pro-business platform and will support legislation to cut red tape for small businesses."
Her committee assignments reflect her passion for education and children. She will serve on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education, which will be the primary committee dealing with public school funding. She will also serve on two House committees: Committee on Early Childhood and Human Services and Committee on Education.
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