Sara Gelser began representing the people of Philomath and Corvallis in the Oregon House in 2005. She has served as the Chair of the House Education Committee since 2009, and also sits on the House Revenue Committee and the Human Services and Housing Committee. In 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Sara to the National Council on Disability. The nomination was confirmed by a unanimous vote of the US Senate, and reaffirmed in 2012.
Sara is Co-Chair of the Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance, and was a founding member of the Senior and Disability Caucus. She is the current national Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the Council on State Governments.
Sara’s legislative accomplishments include strengthening Oregon’s rape statute, creating a charitable pharmacy program, establishing statewide standards for modified and extended diplomas, expanding Oregon’s mandatory child abuse reporting law, strengthening protections for seniors and people with disabilities who are victims of abuse and neglect, limiting youth access to smokeless tobacco products, and reducing barriers for access to medical and support services for children with disabilities. In 2007, Sara spearheaded Karly’s Law which improved child abuse investigations across the state.
Before serving in the Legislature, Sara was the Children with Disabilities and Family Support Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Human Services. Sara also served on the Corvallis School Board from 2001 until 2006 and worked as an instructor at Linn-Benton Community College.
Sara earned her BA in history and education from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and an MAIS degree from Oregon State University.
Sara lives in Corvallis with her husband, Peter and their four children—Sam, Ellie, Nicole and Maia.
SEIU Local 503
NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association)
Oregon Council of Police Associations
Oregon Education Association (OEA)
Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT-Oregon)
Basic Rights Oregon Equality-PAC
Oregon School Employees Association
AFSCME Local 75
Chintimini Uniserv of the Oregon Education Association
Linn Benton Lincoln Labor Council
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
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