Salem – At a weekend work session, Senator Alan Olsen (R-Canby) was elected by the Senate Republican caucus to serve as the Caucus Whip during the upcoming 2013 Legislative Session. The whip is responsible for helping shepherd the caucus’ priority legislation through the legislative process.
“Senator Olsen brings a passion and energy to the state legislature that also makes him a valuable leader in our caucus,” said Ferrioli. “His focus on our jobs agenda will serve Oregonians well as he fights for family wage jobs in the next session.”
Senator Olsen is half-way through his first term in the Oregon State Senate. Olsen has spent the last two sessions championing the plight of Oregon’s unemployed, constantly drawing attention to job creating opportunities in the state legislature. As whip, Olsen takes on an important leadership role in the caucus and becomes responsible for helping to usher the caucus’ job-centered agenda from idea to law.
“I came to Salem with one goal: to help get Oregonians back on the job,” said Olsen. “This role gives me another way to fight for the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who can’t find work. I’m honored by the trust placed in me by my caucus and look forward to serving them this session.”
Olsen and his wife Juanita make their home in Canby. Olsen is a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1969 to 1971. He is a general contractor and small business owner building homes and structures across Oregon. Senate District 20 includes Canby, Oregon City, Damascus, Estacada and rural parts of Clackamas County.