Jeff Merkley's file:

Democrat from Oregon

Jeff Merkley is a Democratic senator from Oregon. He was elected in 2008. Merkley won his first campaign for the Oregon Legislature as a representative in 1998. He was elected Democratic leader in 2003 and speaker of the House in 2007. He studied international relations at Stanford University and earned a graduate degree in public policy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Recent statements involving Jeff Merkley

"60 percent of the jobs lost in the 2008 recession were living-wage jobs. Of the jobs we’ve gotten back, only 40 percent are living-wage."

Says the Affordable Care Act has already reduced the number of uninsured in Oregon by 10 percent.

Says "in Oregon today, the average debt upon college graduation is more than $24,000."

Says, "Since 1994 when VAWA was first passed, incidents of domestic violence have dropped more than 50 percent."

Says, "Less than half of all states have legal protections on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, despite the fact that LGBT Americans report employment discrimination and unemployment at much higher rates than the U.S. average."

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