It has been my honor to serve as your State Representative for the past two years. I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to give back to our county and state.
It was a surreal experience to watch my reputation as a trusted advocate and lawmaker challenged by distortions of my record in an avalanche of campaign advertising. The sheer volume of it was overwhelming. More than $700,000 was spent trying to make me look like I wanted to give away jobs to China, take money away from schools, and give big banks your personal information. None of that was true.
The voters in Clackamas County saw through this, and the results reflected that. But redistricting changed the dynamic by shifting 10,000 voters into Multnomah County. Like Secretary of State Candidate Knute Buehler, my lead was erased and overwhelmed by Multnomah County.
I’m satisfied that my outreach and constituent work positively affected hundreds of lives. I’ve helped to negotiate deals between property owners and state agencies – bringing everyone to the table and walking away with a win-win result every time. Victims of domestic violence and families torn apart by neglect have used me to help navigate the courts and Department of Human Services – restoring their families and confidence. I never gave up on anyone.
I’ve stalled – or in some cases stopped foreclosures. I’ve helped with issues ranging from DEQ nuisances to a case of international parental kidnapping. My mobile number was available to everyone, and constituents were encouraged to call me directly if they needed anything. I wanted to make sure that no resident of House District 51 felt like “the little guy” when dealing with government – and I was successful in that.
Knowing transportation infrastructure was going to be the biggest economic driver for North Clackamas, I established myself in leadership roles to make sure we were well represented. I served as Vice-Chair of the Transportation and Economic Development Committee and was appointed to two national transportation committees. It was difficult to resign from those posts this week knowing that these positions translate into massive resources that work to lobby for Federal transportation dollars and programs for Oregon.
I have enjoyed working with our public safety leaders in Clackamas – particularly Sheriff Craig Roberts and recently retired Fire Chief Ed Kirchhofer. Together, we managed to get a difficult 911 funding bill passed that now saves Clackamas County a half million dollars a year. I have authored a number of public safety bills that I will present to my friends on the other side of the aisle for their consideration in the coming session.
My greatest sadness comes from seeing the 30-30 partisan balance broken in the House of Representatives. In the previous 75 legislative sessions, we never had 30 Republicans and 30 Democrats. The collaboration across the aisle caused the headlines to describe Oregon as a “Sunday School of Legislatures.” I’m proud of that.
I suppose this is my attempt at a final progress report to try and leave you with a small glimpse of how I’ve worked to serve you, and to thank you for the opportunity.
Some say this is a thankless job, but I disagree. Your frequent calls and emails expressing appreciation as we’ve worked through your challenges have been inspiring and motivating for me. I will miss working for you. It has been a tremendous honor.
State Representative, House District 51
Patrick Sheehan Gets Results.
Bringing balance and common sense to Oregon's Legislature.
Thank you for visiting my website and taking the time to read a little more about our campaign to continue to bring balance and common sense to the Oregon Legislature.
I believe Oregonians deserve a state government that is fair, responsive and affordable.
I look for a balanced and fair legislature; where the agenda is determined by the vigor of the idea, not by the party affiliation of the person making it.
I look forward to helping create an environment where businesses are allowed to succeed and thrive - so Oregon's economy can again be robust and vital.
I look forward to helping put Oregonians back to work so people can take home paychecks to feed their families.
I look forward to a time when common sense and practicality are the driving forces behind legislation and not favors owed to special interest groups.
We need balance, fairness and common sense in the legislature. I'm running again to continue to bring balance to Salem and restore Oregonians' confidence in their government.
Please join me in the fight to return our state legislature to the people – so we can put Oregon back in business!
State Representative, House District 51
House District 51 serves the communities of Beavercreek, Boring, Clackamas, Damascus, Eagle Creek, Estacada, Happy Valley, and Rural Oregon City.
*In 2013, House District 51 will shift to serve Clackamas, Damascus, Happy Valley, Powellhurst-Gilbert, Gresham and Boring.