Kate will be the first open lesbian member of the Oregon State Senate
Kate is running to be the first open lesbian in the Oregon Senate. Kate is originally from Indiana. After graduating from Law School, she moved to Oregon. She began her career in the Multnomah District Attorney’s office where she spent 13 years prosecuting domestic violence, child abuse and juvenile cases.
After leaving the District Attorney’s office, she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. This experience was both terrifying and illuminating. While she was fortunate enough to have good healthcare insurance through her wife, she knew that she was extremely lucky, and she wants to make sure that no one has to endure a catastrophic illness with inadequate or no insurance.
In 2009, Kate was appointed to the Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) by Oregon Governor Kulongoski. She became very interested in mental health, and her concern grew after she witnessed first-hand how the lack of mental health services in this state profoundly impacted the families of and those with mental health challenges. So after leaving the PSRB, she joined Transition Projects, Inc. (TPI), currently serving as Board Chair. This non-profit advocates for the homeless by transitioning over 1000 people a year into homes. Currently she teaches at Portland Community College in the Criminal Justice Department. She lives with her wife of 27 years and her two children.