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Meet Andrea Salinas

Andrea, her husband Chris, their daughter Amelia, and Cooper, the lovable labradoodle walking together

Andrea, her husband Chris, their daughter Amelia, and Cooper, the lovable labradoodle.

I am proud to represent Oregon’s 6th Congressional District and fight for the best interests of Oregonians in Congress. Change can happen in a generation. I know because it happened for me.

My family comes from humble roots. My dad immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 1950 and worked in the fields picking cotton and tomatoes before he was in the first grade. Later in life, he would join the military, and after serving two tours in Vietnam, he was able to earn his US citizenship. He then spent the next three decades as a police officer. It was a good-paying union job that would provide a path into the middle class for our family. My parents taught me the value of hard work, that if we worked hard, anything was possible. I worked my way through college, serving cups of coffee and painting fences, and became the first in my family to earn a college degree.

When my daughter was born 19 years ago, I felt in my core the same determination that drove my parents: there was nothing that would keep me from doing everything in my power to shape a stronger, more equitable future for Amelia and her generation.

So I went to work on the frontlines in Oregon, fighting for more accessible, affordable, quality health care, including passing the nation’s most progressive reproductive health care policy that covers everyone in Oregon. I fought to raise the minimum wage and pass the nation’s most progressive paid family leave bill. I introduced and passed a bill that held Big Pharma accountable to consumers and led to lower prescription drug prices. I am running for a second term in Congress because I believe in the American Dream; that change can happen in a single generation—but we have to work for it and we have to keep that dream within reach for all American families. I am fighting to level the playing field and give families the tools and freedoms they need to overcome the challenges of today and create the change for a better future. I am proud to have achieved the American Dream, alongside my family, and I will never stop fighting for a better future for my daughter, her generation, and every family in Oregon.

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