The Oregon Summit, hosted by the Democratic Party of Oregon every two years, is the premier political conference in the Pacific Northwest, drawing a wide variety of attendees: elected officials, community activists, business leaders, volunteers, future candidates and loyal Democratic supporters.
Held at the beautiful Sunriver Resort - listed as one of AAA Travel's "Top 10 Places to Enjoy Fall Colors" in 2011 - this event offers a weekend of high-caliber political workshops, strategizing, engaging speakers and topics, significant network opportunities, and fun - you won't want to miss it!
Dinner Keynote Speaker - Governor Ted Strickland
We're very pleased to announce that Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio will be our keynote speaker for Saturday's dinner!
The son of a steelworker who grew up in Appalachian Ohio, Ted Strickland's entire life has been spent fighting to protect working families and to make sure everyone has a chance to succeed.
Strickland was sworn in as Ohio’s Governor in 2007 as the nation teetered on the brink of economic collapse. Governor Strickland worked to tackle this crisis by laying a foundation for economic progress and a thriving middle class.
He made strategic investments in job creation, improved Ohio’s business climate, reformed education, and made government live within its means.
Governor Strickland guided the state through an unprecedented economic storm and built a stronger foundation for Ohio. He left office having positioned Ohio for growth in the 21st century economy.
Lunch Keynote Speaker - Congresswoman Donna Edwards
We're very pleased to announce that Congresswoman Donna Edwards will be our keynote speaker for Saturday's lunch!
Congresswoman Edwards has enjoyed a diverse career as a nonprofit public interest advocate and in the private sector on NASA’s Spacelab project. In 1994, as co-founder and executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, she led the effort to pass the Violence Against Women Act that was signed into law by President Clinton.
Since being sworn into Congress in 2008, Congresswoman Edwards has secured a number of legislative accomplishments to improve the lives of working families in her Congressional District and around the country. Her first act as a Member of Congress was to add Maryland to the Afterschool Suppers Program, ensuring access to nutritional suppers to afterschool and youth development programs in schools located in low-income areas. During the health care debate, Congresswoman Edwards secured a provision that holds insurance companies accountable for unjustifiable rate increases.
Congresswoman Edwards has introduced legislation to expand research and development, domestic manufacturing, and infrastructure spending to create jobs and grow our economy. She was also the first Member of the House to introduce and champion a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
Speakers include our Congressional delegation, Governor and statewide elected leaders, and leadership from the State Senate and State House.
Top left to bottom right: Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Jeff Merkley, Congressman Peter DeFazio, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown, Treasurer Ted Wheeler, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, Senate President Peter Courtney, Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum, and House Majority Leader Val Hoyle.