For Immediate Release
May 18, 2022
EMILY's List Congratulates Val Hoyle on Winning Democratic Primary for Oregon’s 4th Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle on advancing to the general election to represent Oregon’s 4th Congressional District. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled that Val Hoyle has won the primary and is on her way to representing Oregon’s 4th Congressional District. Hoyle is a distinguished leader with union roots who has dedicated her career to advocating for Oregonians. She has served in the Oregon state House and as Oregon’s labor commissioner, tirelessly working to expand worker’s rights and promote reproductive health care across the state. EMILYs List is proud to support this pro-choice, pro-union champion as she works to create a better future for the people of Oregon.”
Val Hoyle grew up in a family with three generations of union roots. She worked for minimum wage as a waitress, a small business owner, and then for 25 years in the private sector in the outdoor industry before turning to public service. Hoyle was appointed to the Oregon state House in 2009 and she went on to serve as majority leader from 2013 to 2015. In 2018, Hoyle ran to become Oregon’s 10th labor commissioner. Hoyle lives in Springfield, Oregon with her husband, Stephen, and their dog, Ronan, after raising two children in Lane County.
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