A distinguished leader with incomparable experience
Rep. Andrea Salinas was a state representative, former congressional aide, and mother who ran to represent Oregon’s 6th Congressional District. Salinas’ father is a Mexican immigrant and Vietnam war veteran, and she credits him with teaching her what it means to fight for your kids and for a better life. Salinas was the first person in her family to graduate from a four-year university, after which she began her career in politics. She worked as a congressional staffer for over a decade and then became an advocate for unions, environmental groups, and reproductive rights. She has served as a state representative for three terms, taking on several leadership roles, including House majority whip and chair of the House Health Care Committee. Salinas’ experience set her apart as the best candidate to represent Oregon’s 6th Congressional District.
A dedicated reproductive rights champion
Salinas is a dedicated reproductive rights champion who has fought tenaciously to advance justice and opportunity across Oregon for the past two decades. She has experience successfully delivering progressive victories, from her time as a congressional aide to her time in the Oregon State Legislature. Salinas helped Oregon pass the strongest reproductive rights law in the country, ensuring that Oregonians can access the full suite of reproductive health care, regardless of race, ethnicity, documentation status, or zip code. She comes from a union family and knows the struggles working families face, which is why she stood up for worker’s rights in the Oregon State Legislature. Salinas is ready to continue her successful advocacy for unions and working families, for the environment, and for affordable health care in Congress.
An historic victory
Salinas won the Democratic nomination for Oregon’s 6th Congressional District, a newly drawn seat after Oregon gained another seat in the House of Representatives. She is one of the first Latinas elected to Congress in Oregon. We knew this distinguished leader had what it took to win this newly drawn seat, and we are excited to have thrown the full support of the EMILY’s List community behind her to help elect this historic candidate.