Jeff Merkley

U.S. Senator, Oregon

Jeff Merkley believes in a simple philosophy: each of us has the responsibility to leave our community, our nation, and our planet better than we found it. That’s what drove him to propose new regulations on Wall St., to provide nursing mothers with flexible break times, and to promote investment in alternative energy sources. He is a strong supporter of equal marriage and ENDA, and he co-sponsored legislation to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He is the son of a sawmill worker and the former director of Portland Habitat for Humanity.