Emerge Oregon is changing the face of Oregon politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office. Our intensive, cohort-based seven-month training program is unique. As the number of elected Democratic women remains flat or even declines, the need for our work is growing.
In the 153 years since its statehood, Oregon has elected a total of five women to the U.S. House of Representatives, one woman to the U.S. Senate, and one woman as Governor of Oregon. Currently, less than 30% of Oregon State legislators are women.
A pool of highly qualified Democratic candidates is being left untapped. Too often, women do not see themselves running for office—they assume they aren’t experienced enough or they don’t know where to begin. Emerge Oregon is changing that!
Emerge Oregon is part of a national network currently working in nine states: Arizona, California, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin.