City where I live: Canby
Skills: I spent most of my life as a farmer and veterinarian. I grew fruit and vegetables and took care of horses, dogs and cats. I wanted to help my community, so I ran for office. In 2008, I was elected to represent our part of Oregon in Washington D.C.
3 things I will do if I win:
1. Our part of Oregon has many farms and forests. I helped pass the Farm Bill, a law making sure farmers and folks near forest land make a good living. Many new jobs are in cities, but I will make sure people who live in the country have good jobs too.
2. An old law called No Child Left Behind meant schools could lose money if students, especially those with disabilities, did not meet standards. I helped replace that law with the Every Student Succeeds Act, giving the school and parents back control.
3. Veterans, seniors and people with disabilities earn benefits to take care of themselves. When mistakes happen, my office helps fix it and has returned over $5 million to people, making sure that everyone who counts on this help, gets what they need.