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Betsy Johnson has served in the Oregon legislature since 2000, and in the Oregon Senate since 2005. She was appointed to the seat in January, 2005, and elected State Senator of District 16 in 2006, and re-elected in 2010. She represents Oregon Senate District 16, which includes the cities of Astoria, Banks, Bay City, Cannon Beach, Columbia City, Gales Creek, Garibaldi, Gaston, Gearhart, Knappa, Manning, Manzanita, Nehalem, Scappoose, Seaside, St. Helens, Tillamook, Timber, Warren, Warrenton, and Wheeler. Prior to serving in the Senate, Senator Johnson was elected to serve as the State Representative for what is now House District 31 in 2000, and was re-elected twice. Senator Johnson currently serves as the Vice Co-Chair for the Oregon legislature's Joint Ways and Means committee, and on the legislature's Emergency Board. To see the Oregon Senate District 16 map, click here.
Senator Johnson's weekly radio show focuses on her work in Senate District 16 and in the Oregon Legislature, how changes to state statutes may affect constituents, Oregon's economy, activities of the Oregon legislature during and in-between legislative sessions, her work with State Senators and State Representatives of both parties, the progress and outcome of bills that impact residents of Senate District 16 and issues of concern to people who live on the Oregon North Coast, including the residents of Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook, Multnomah and Washington counties.