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Meet Jessica

Jessica Vega Pederson is a progressive champion who has used her personal commitment to the strength and health of our communities as a call to action throughout her life as an elected official.

A proud resident of East Portland, Jessica was raised in Northwest Indiana among her large, loving Mexican-American family. Following the lead of her mother, who was a local activist for civil rights and her grandfather, who was active in the Democratic Party, she became involved in advocacy in high school.

Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in informational systems management and philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago. She spent fourteen years in the technology industry, helping startups, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies grow their business using communication technologies.

Frustrated by the pressing challenges in her east Portland neighborhood, Jessica ran for the Oregon Legislature because she wanted to do more than talk about making things better. When elected in 2012, Jessica became the first Latina to serve in the Oregon House of Representatives. In the legislature, Jessica fought to improve paid sick leave, pay equity, and the minimum wage to improve the lives of women and working families in her district and Oregon.

As chair of the House Energy and Environment Committee, Jessica championed the renewal of the Clean Fuels Program and passage of a bill to remove coal from Oregon's energy mix, two ground-breaking laws to create jobs and address the sources of climate change. For her work on the coal transition bill, she was awarded the national Sierra Club’s 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award.

Elected in May 2016 to serve on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, Jessica is proud to fight for an inclusive, prosperous, and vibrant Multnomah County. At Multnomah County, Commissioner Vega Pederson champions the County’s efforts to combat climate change and represents the County at various regional transportation tables. She has also focused on expanding access to early childhood education through her position as a member of the Portland Children’s Levy Allocation Committee and as Chair of the County's Preschool for All task force.

Jessica lives in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Portland with her husband Aaron and their two children. When she is not working for the people in District 3, Jessica loves to explore the beauty of Oregon with her family. She serves on the board of Portland State University’s Center for Women’s Leadership and is active with her neighborhood association.

Meet Jessica

I am a mother, a business professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

As Multnomah County Commissioner I’ve fought to make sure every member of our community has what they need to succeed. I want to make Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm ready to get to work and I hope you'll join us!

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