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Senator Jeff Merkley comes from a family of fighters. According to family lore, his grandmother lived for a time in a boxcar during the Great Depression. Jeff’s mother stretched a dollar as far as anyone possibly could, and his father overcame a serious illness and went on to work in a lumber mill and become a union machinist. Life wasn’t glamorous, but together, Jeff’s parents saved enough to buy a modest home, take their children on annual camping vacations, and retire comfortably after a lifetime of contributing to their community.

Jeff learned to take that same determination his father took with him to the lumber mill into the classroom—and with the help of his public school teachers, Jeff went on to be the first in his family to graduate from college. He returned to the same blue collar community in Oregon where he grew up, and led non-profits to help Oregonians put roofs over their heads. When he was elected to the Oregon House, he hit the ground running for working families, creating the state’s first-ever rainy day fund, expanding access to affordable prescription drugs, protecting LGBTQ Oregonians from discrimination, and throwing predatory payday lenders out of the state for good.

And now, as a U.S. Senator for Oregon, Jeff has continued to be a champion for everyday people—at a time when the people need a champion more than ever.

  1. Rate his overall performance as an elected official

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  2. He properly represents my views on Abortion Rights

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  3. He properly represents my views on Balancing the Budget

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  4. He properly represents my views on the Gun Rights (2nd Amendment)

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  5. He properly represents my views on Military & Defense Spending

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  6. He properly represents my views on the Economy

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  7. He properly represents my views on Education

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  8. He properly represents my views on Healthcare

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  9. He properly represents my position on Immigration

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  10. He properly represents my views on Energy Policy

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  11. He properly represents my views on Environmental matters

    1. Nope! He doesn't get me
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    3. Yep! He totally gets me
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  12. He properly represents my views on Crime and Law Enforcement

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  13. He properly represents my views on National Security

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    3. Yep! He totally gets me
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  14. If he runs for office again, I would vote for him

    1. Uhhh, No chance!
    2. Heck Yeah!
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