The Oregon AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations) recognized State Representative Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis) on Friday for his work to protect the rights of Oregon workers by presenting him with their Legislator of the Year award.
Rayfield joins the ranks of prior recipients and veteran lawmakers including Senator Michael Dembrow (2013) and Representative Paul Holvey (2015). The Oregon AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of labor unions that works to ensure all working people are treated fairly, with decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, dignity, and equal opportunities.
“I am humbled by this award but also know that everything we’ve done to move Oregon forward was done with the help of many people including the members of the Oregon AFL-CIO and our House leadership team,” Rayfield said. “I look forward to continue making Oregon one of the best states to live and work in.”
Despite having been in the Legislature for only three years, Rayfield has played important roles in several pieces of legislation to help working Oregonians. In 2015, Rayfield walked the picket line and worked with local steelworkers who were locked out of their workplace as they fought to extend unemployment benefits to provide security for their families. Additionally, in 2017, Rayfield assisted in passing bills ensuring equal pay, implementing predictive scheduling, and preempting right to work laws.
“The Oregon AFL-CIO is proud to present Representative Dan Rayfield with the Legislator of the Year Award,” said Tom Chamberlain, President of the Oregon AFL-CIO. “Representative Rayfield has stood by workers time and time again, ensuring that their voices are heard in the legislative process. Representative Rayfield is an outstanding advocate who has shown on numerous occasions a willingness to be bold, and innovative to ensure working people across Oregon have what they need to be successful.”
Rayfield is currently serving his second term as State Representative. Rayfield is Co-Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Co-Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee, and a Co-Vice Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee. He also serves as Majority Whip on the House Democratic leadership team.