Each year, Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduces exciting and powerful female leaders from around the country to women who make things happen in Oregon.
In the past, Earl has hosted Nancy Pelosi before she was Democratic Leader, Debbie Wasserman Schultz before she Chaired the Democratic National Committee, and Hilda Solis before she was Secretary of Labor.
This year, the Congressman wanted to do something a little different—writing a new chapter in the annual luncheon. Instead of bringing in an emerging leader from Washington DC, he decided to focus this year on Oregon all stars at the federal, state, and legislative levels.
Suzanne Bonamici is already emerging as a fresh, new face—not just in Oregon politics, but making a real impression nationally. Ellen Rosenblum, after scoring a decisive and impressive victory election, has become Oregon’s first woman Attorney General. Tina Kotek is poised to become Speaker of a legislative session critical for Oregon’s future.
The event honored each of these women, as well as the Democratic Party of Oregon’s Chairwoman, Meredith Wood Smith. More than 400 folks were inspired by Suzanne, Ellen, Tina, and Meredith as they spoke of the crucial role women will play in this election and how to involve more female candidates in elected office.