Congressman Earl Blumenauer (Ore-3) has devoted his entire career to public service. He first served in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1972. From there Congressman Blumenauer went on to be a Multnomah County Commissioner and spent ten years on the Portland City Council as Commissioner of Public Works. His innovative accomplishments in transportation, planning, environmental programs and public participation have helped Portland earn an international reputation as one of America’s most livable cities – places where people are safe, healthy and economically secure.
Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996, Congressman Blumenauer is committed to promoting livable communities at the federal level. A member of the Ways and Means Committee, the Budget Committee and the new Select Committee on Energy Independence and Climate Change, he is a strong and creative voice both at home and abroad for the environment, sustainable development, and economic opportunity. Congressman Blumenauer has authored and co-sponsored legislation to preserve and protect public lands, shift the nation’s energy policy towards renewable energy and energy efficiency, curb global warming and clean our nation’s water bodies, among many others.
Congressman Blumenauer was named a German Marshall Fellow in 1995 and has won numerous awards from environmental, education, community, and civic organizations, including 1999 Legislator of the Year from the American Planning Association, the National Building Museum's Apgar Award in 2000, the Public Radio Leadership Award from National Public Radio in 2005, One of “The Top 25 Change Agents in Bicycling History,” from the League of American Bicyclists in 2005, and the Public Official’s Award from the Water Environment Federation in 2006.
Congressman Blumenauer’s academic training includes undergraduate and law degrees from Lewis and Clark College in Portland.