Deb Patterson

Deb Patterson

Deb Patterson
Candidate State Senator, 10th District


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  • Ordained clergy
  • Former healthcare executive

Occupational Background: 

  • Executive Director, International Parish Nurse Resource Center 
  • Vice President, Deaconess Foundation

Educational Background: 

  • Yankton College; MHA
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; M.Div. and D.Min. Eden Theological Seminary

Prior Governmental Experience: 

  • Oregon Disabilities Commission; Chair 
  • Marion County Health Advisory Board, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee, Marion County 
  • Oregon Nursing Home Administrators Board

Community Service: 

  • Downtown Salem Rotary 
  • Community Benefit Committee, Salem Health 
  • Salem City Club 
  • Salem-Keizer NAACP

Experience. Compassion. Commitment.

“Every now and then, someone truly special comes along that is dedicated, capable, and, most importantly, running for office for the sole reason of serving Oregon and its people. That is Deb.”

-Former State Representative, Senator, and Treasurer, Jim Hill

Expanding Health Care Access

Deb spent over two decades in healthcare advocacy and education and will work to:

  • Ensure every Oregonian access to quality, affordable healthcare – including reproductive healthcare.
  • Improve transparency in healthcare pricing and lower medication costs.

A Fair Shot

Deb wants every Oregonian to thrive. She’ll fight for:

  • Affordable childcare and strong schools, affordable college and vocational programs.
  • A range of housing options to fit every budget and age, with supportive services for those who need help.

Environmental Justice

Deb knows protecting our environment means protecting our economic future, including rural Oregon. She’ll work to:

  • Create clean energy, public transportation and green construction jobs that pay livable wages.
  • Ensure that low-income neighborhoods and communities of color do not continue to suffer the largest effects of climate change.

“Deb is committed to working on behalf of every resident.

She will work hard to improve our lives, our businesses, and our futures.”

-Shannon Corr, Independence City Council

Endorsed by: 

  • SEIU 503 and 49 
  • Oregon Education Association 
  • PCUN 
  • Oregon AFL-CIO 
  • AFT-Oregon 
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon 
  • Joint Council of Teamsters No. 37 
  • Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon
  • UFCW Local 555 
  • Oregon League of Conservation Voters 
  • Community Alliance of Tenants Action Fund.