Guest Commencement Speaker: Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Congressman Earl Blumenauer, U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District
A lifelong resident of Portland, Congressman Earl Blumenauer was raised in SE Portland and attended Centennial High School. While still a college student at Lewis & Clark College, he led the campaign in Oregon to lower the voting age. He was a key player just two years later when he was elected to the Oregon legislature, serving during landmark sessions for tax reform, school funding, ethics reform and Oregon’s groundbreaking environmental and land use laws.
While he was in the legislature, he attended Lewis & Clark’s Northwestern School of Law. Earl served on the Multnomah County Commission and the Portland City Council. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, Earl has been a tireless advocate for the 3rd Congressional District.
He’s recognized for his creative, innovative policies and accomplishments, and also his political leadership in Oregon and nationwide. He’s currently a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Chairman of the subcommittee on Trade and a member of the subcommittee on Health. He is fighting for critical issues like universal health care and the Green New Deal and is a champion for rebuilding and renewing our nation’s infrastructure, economic security for families, housing as a human right, protection of public lands, stopping gun violence, ending the prohibition of marijuana, and criminal justice reform.