Senator Lew Frederick began his term as the Oregon District #22 State Senator in January 2017 after seven years as a State Representative. He represents North and Northeast Portland, both known as the Soul of Portland and the transportation hub for the State with both the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, I-5, I-205, the west end of I-84, railroads going east, west, north and south, the Port of Portland east of the Willamette River and the Portland Airport.
He serves on the Emergency Board, Full Ways and Means Committee, the Subcommittee on Public Safety, and Chairs the Subcommittee on Natural Resources.
A graduate of Earlham College, he’s a PhD candidate at Portland State University and has studied at MIT, Morehouse, and the Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratories.
Senator Frederick grew up directly involved in the Civil Rights Movement, concerns which continue to the present with activities surrounding education, technology, the environment and health care. With an academic background in biology, theater, psychology, and political science, his professional life includes seventeen years as a television reporter at KGW-Channel 8 in Portland, thirteen years as the Director of Public Information for the Portland Public Schools, teacher, actor and ranch hand.
He is married and has two adult children.