Tax Reform & Infrastructure Financing
Wednesday, May 7, 8:15 am
Member, Committee on Ways and Means
U.S. House of Representatives
NECA welcomes Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) as a confirmed keynote speaker on Wednesday, May 7 at 8:15 am at the National Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer is a native and lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Lewis and Clark College where he received both his undergraduate and law degrees. While in school, he spearheaded an effort to lower the voting age both in Oregon and nationally. In 1972 Blumenauer was elected to the Oregon state legislature serving three terms and chairing the House Education and Revenue Committee in 1977-1978. In 1978 he was elected Multnomah County Commissioner serving eight years before being electing to the Portland City Council in 1986. As a city council member he spent 10 years as Commissioner of Public Works.
In 1996 Blumenauer was elected to represent his congressional district in the House of Representatives. While in Congress, Blumenauer has become Congress’ chief spokesman for livable communities (places where people are safe, healthy, and economically secure). He has served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from1996-2007 becoming a strong advocate for federal policies addressing transportation alternatives, providing housing choices, supporting sustainable economies, and improving the environment. Blumenauer was also a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee from 2001-2007. Following that position, he was vice chair of Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming from 2007-2010. Currently Blumenauer is a member of the Ways and Means and Budget Committees.