Tina Kotek has represented North and Northeast Portland in the Oregon State House of Representatives since 2006. She pursued her undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon and masters at the University of Washington; she now resides in Portland with her partner, Aimee, their two Yorkies, Rudy and Wicket. In a public service career spanning over two decades, Tina has championed the rights of LGBTQ Oregonians, children, and working families. She has led the way on redesigning Oregon’s welfare program, outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation or racial profiling, expanding paid leave and child care options, and raising the state’s minimum wage. In 2013, Tina became the first openly lesbian Speaker of any state House in the nation. She has fought to change the world and empower those around her to be part of that change.