Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Speaker: Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Reforming our nation’s drug laws - After a half century, the results are clear. Across America, we are paying the price for the failed effort to suppress drug use by coercion, incarceration, and misinformation. Blumenauer will discuss the connection between homelessness, addiction and mental illness and the urgent need to implement a new strategy at the federal, state and local levels.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer has devoted his entire career to public service, beginning with spearheading the effort to lower the voting age both in Oregon and at the national level while still a student at Lewis and Clark College. Through his years as a local official in the Oregon Legislature, Multnomah County Commission, and on Portland’s City Council, Congressman Blumenauer developed a national reputation for his advocacy on public transportation, land use planning, protection of the environment, and school funding.
In Congress, he has focused his efforts on making the federal government an effective partner in creating livable communities. Congressman Blumenauer is an advocate for bicycling, alternative transportation, and rebuilding and renewing America by improving long-term infrastructure investments to modernize America’s transportation systems. He is a tireless champion of empowering patients and providers to better recognize patient goals, values, and wishes throughout the health care system. The Congressman has also been a strong advocate for reforms to federal drug laws and leads several efforts to protect medical marijuana patients, to allow the federal government to tax and regulate marijuana, and to normalize taxes and banking for marijuana businesses. Additionally, he is working to reform agriculture policy to improve consumer access to safe, healthy food, protecting farmland, and increasing market opportunities for family farmers.
Congressman Blumenauer is a member of the Ways and Means Committee. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.