CORVALLIS – Dan Rayfield, Democratic Representative for Oregon House District 16, which includes Corvallis and Philomath, has filed for re-election to serve a third term in the legislature.
“We have made significant steps forward in Oregon but there is still a lot of work left on the table,” Rayfield said. “It is an honor to represent this community in the Oregon House. I am excited to continue our work improving elections, fighting for high-quality healthcare, creating good-paying jobs, and preserving our environment for future generations.”
During his first two terms, Rayfield has developed a reputation among his colleagues as a strong independent leader who stays true to his values. Rayfield has also worked to foster bipartisan relationships with several legislators. During the 2017 session, Rayfield again teamed up with Rep. Andy Olson (R-Albany) to pass a bill that now provides transitional services for youths after they exit a juvenile correctional facility to reduce recidivism rates.
Rayfield also worked last session to remove barriers for candidates to run for office (HB 2586), and helped protect workers from laws designed to undermine their rights (SB 1040). In his role on the State’s top budget committee he served as a key facilitator, successfully negotiating a bipartisan solution to lower health insurance premiums and ensure 350,000 Oregonians were able to keep their health insurance.
Rayfield is the 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 Committee on Ways and Means. He also serves as Majority Whip on the House Democratic leadership team.
Rayfield, a partner with the law firm Nelson MacNeil Rayfield, was first elected to the office in 2014. During his time in the legislature, he has received the Rising Star Award from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the Friend of Nursing Award from the Oregon Nurses Association, and the Legislator of the Year Award from the AFL-CIO.