Chavez-Deremer: Lori Chavez-DeRemer, a businesswoman and the former mayor of Happy Valley, Oregon, and the newly redrawn 5th Congressional District, is the United States congressperson-elect. She defeated Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner.
While settling into her new role as a representative, Chavez-DeRemer said, “I want to make sure that we’re representing all of Oregon here in D.C.” Her victory helped the Republicans regain a razor-thin majority in the House.
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Chavez-DeRemer elaborated, saying, “I think this is an important time for Oregon and for this country to know if we can serve our country as everyday people.” I’m a mom, I own a business, and I was the mayor of one of the fastest-growing cities, and I think that’s the new face of Congressional leaders.
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Chavez-DeRemer stressed the need for cooperation across party lines, even though Democrats now run the Senate and the White House.
As mayor, that was one of my main concerns. As mayor, you don’t take sides in partisan politics. You speak for the entire city. As Chavez-DeRemer put it, “we need to do the same here.” It is important to me to make sure I am hearing the other side of the argument, so I will never hesitate to reach across the aisle to do so.
Chavez-DeRemer has spoken out in favor of her fellow Republican, California Representative Kevin McCarthy, who is in talks to become the next Speaker of the House.
To expand the Republican coalition, “he was super supportive not only in my particular race,” Chavez-DeRemer said. “I’m happy to back him, and I think he’ll be the next Speaker of the House.”
In the meantime, Chavez-DeRemer is lobbying hard to be placed on the transportation and infrastructure committee, where she can put her experience as a former mayor to good use.
While serving as mayor, I was frequently asked to participate in transportation and infrastructure committees so that the needs of the fastest-growing city in Oregon over the past decade could be represented.
According to Chavez-DeRemer, “that’s crucial for Oregon in all the growth that we’re seeing.”
She also wants to serve on the healthcare subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, citing her “18 years of experience in the healthcare industry and as a business owner.”
Chavez-DeRemer advocated for Oregon’s gun reform Measure 114, drawing on her background in the healthcare industry.
Chavez-DeRemer remarked that she and her husband ran multiple mental health centers because of the prevalence of drug-resistant depression. As one participant put it, “I think that’s something we need to address as a whole.”
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Protecting the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens is an absolute necessity. Chavez-DeRemer argued that the mental health crisis was an overarching issue that needed to be discussed alongside gun control. I don’t think it’s as simple as just banning guns and ignoring the Second Amendment.
With Donald Trump’s announcement of his own presidential run in 2024 fresh in everyone’s mind, Chavez DeRemer has already declared her support for the Republican nominee in that year.
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I believe that a large number of Republicans will seek elective office, and it remains to be seen whether or not he will ascend to the position of Republican presidential nominee. I’ll back whoever the nominee is, but it seems too soon to make such a call, according to Chavez-DeRemer.
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