New Seat Following 2020 Census[i]
Oregon House of Representatives (State Representative, District 38); Strategies 360, Inc. (Vice President of Oregon Government Affairs); SHARP Strategies Consulting (Principal); Oregon Environmental Council (Legislative Director); Office of Former US Representative Darlene Hooley (Aide); Office of Former US Representative Pete Stark (Legislative Assistant); Office of Former US Senator Harry Reid (Legislative Correspondent)[ii] [iii]
Building an Economy that Works for All; Fighting for Affordable & Accessible Health Care; Protecting Our Right to Choose; Preserving Our Planet for Generations to Come; Saving Our Democracy; Governing with an Equity & Justice Lens; Passing Common-Sense Gun Safety Legislation; Tackling Our Homelessness Crisis; Creating Safer Communities[vi]
On the Issues
Salinas is an “unapologetic champion for abortion” and believes reproductive healthcare should be legal, accessible, and affordable to all. She’s previously worked as an advocate for NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.[vii] In 2017, Salinas supported an Oregon law expanding abortion access and requiring insurers to fully cover reproductive healthcare.[viii]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
In Congress, Salinas will work to implement a “more fair tax system, so the rich pay their fair share and working people aren’t over-burdened.” A supporter of organized labor and the PRO Act, she has been a “champion for higher wages, better worker protections, and stronger benefits for working families.” In Congress, she will support legislation that guarantees a $15 minimum wage and paid family and medical leave, as well as overtime pay for workers who aren’t currently eligible under the Fair Labor Standard Act. Salinas has said she would have voted for the Inflation Reduction Act.[ix] [x]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
In Congress, Salinas “will do whatever it takes to increase access to affordable, high-quality care for as many people as possible immediately.” She supports capping the price of insulin and allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. She will also work for “an even bigger social safety net for our communities.”[xi]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
While serving in the Oregon House of Representatives, Salinas sponsored legislation advocating for the rights of undocumented immigrants, including bills extending overtime pay for agricultural workers and Medicaid and state health care for those without legal status.[xii] [xiii] She is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and supports creating a path to citizenship.[xiv]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
Salinas, whose father was a police officer, has stated that “she knows the very important role law enforcement plays in keeping our communities safe” and that “creating safer communities means making sure police and first responders have the resources they need to do their job effectively.” She supports ensuring communities have access to social services and programs that “address the needs of the community that law enforcement might not be able to meet alone.”[xv]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
Salinas believes democracy is “under attack by people who continue to push lies and false information about the legitimacy and integrity of our elections.” In Congress, she will focus on restoring protections for voting rights and democratic institutions.[xvi]
Salinas has called on Congress to “lower the ridiculously high cost of education” and “cancel student loans where we can.”[xvii]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Salinas sits on the board of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters and is an advocate for several other environmental organizations. In Congress, she will fight for “urgent action” to address climate change while ensuring that marginalized communities “are provided with opportunities to prosper in a new, clean energy economy.”[xviii]
BIG TECH & DATA PRIVACY:
Salinas has expressed support for antitrust reforms.[xix]
In Congress, Salinas will fight to pass “common sense gun legislation,” including universal background checks, red flag laws, reducing police violence, and holding the gun lobby accountable.[xx]
Salinas has supported the Biden administration’s efforts to unite NATO in response to Russia’s “unilateral attack on innocent lives” in Ukraine.[xxi]
[i] Sam Stites, “Race for Oregon’s new, sixth U.S. House seat comes into focus,” OPB, November 9, 2021, available at https://www.opb.org/article/2021/11/09/candidates-vying-for-oregon-sixth-congressional-district-us-house/.
[ii] “Andrea Salinas,” LegiStorm, accessed October 20, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/23261/Andrea_R_Salinas.html.
[iii] Andrea Salinas LinkedIn, accessed October 20, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-salinas-85493153/.
[iv] “Andrea Salinas,” LegiStorm, accessed October 20, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/23261/Andrea_R_Salinas.html.
[v] Andrea Salinas LinkedIn, accessed October 20, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-salinas-85493153/.
[viii] Claire Rush, “Abortion could impact the race for Oregon's newest House district,” KGW, July 14, 2022, available at https://www.kgw.com/article/news/politics/abortion-changes-landscape-new-oregon-district/283-b94b495c-bf4f-4f1e-a02d-a2da673c1fe3.
[x] Tim Steele, “Oregon 6th District: Mike Erickson, Andrea Salinas in their own words,” KOIN, October 15, 2022, available at https://www.koin.com/news/elections/oregon-6th-district-mike-erickson-andrea-salinas-in-their-own-words/.
[xii] Dianne Lugo, “Workers gather for 'Day Without Immigrants' protest as lawmakers consider overtime bill,” Salem Statesman Journal, February 14, 2022, available at https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2022/02/14/us-immigration-oregon-salem-day-without-immigrants-protest-held-lawmakers-farmworker-overtime-bill/6759196001/.
[xiii] Patrick Jones, “Q&A: Representative Andrea Salinas discusses lowering payer costs and covering all Oregonians,” State of Reform, April 12, 2021, available at https://web.archive.org/web/20210508011639/https://stateofreform.com/featured/2021/04/qa-representative-andrea-salinas-discusses-lowering-payer-costs-and-covering-all-oregonians/.
[xvii] “Andrea Salinas, Oregon Candidate for Congress, on Gun Violence, Wildfires, and Young Voters,” Teen Vogue, October 14, 2022, available at https://www.teenvogue.com/story/andrea-salinas-oregon-congress.
[xix] Austin Ahlman, “Why Oregon’s Herschel Walker Could Win,” The American Prospect, October 14, 2022, available at https://prospect.org/politics/why-oregons-herschel-walker-could-win-mike-erickson-andrea-salinas/.
[xxi] Andrea Salinas Twitter, February 24, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/AndreaRSalinas/status/1496963390241075209.