Oregon State Representative Lew Frederick took office on October 30, 2009 during a swearing-in ceremony in the House Chambers of the Oregon Capitol Building. Professionally he is a Strategic Communications Consultant, focusing on Strategic Planning, Community Relations, Science/Technical issues and Media Crisis Communications. He is a former board member of the Oregon State Board of Education, presently on the boards of Geneforum and the Oregon Bus Project. Born in Pullman, WA, he has only Alaska to visit to reach all 50 states. He grew up in the South, Midwest and New England and went to college in Indiana (Earlham College). He’s a PhD candidate at Portland State University and has studied at MIT, Morehouse, and the Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratories. As a child he was in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement; concerns that continue to the present with activities surrounding education, technology, the environment and health care. With an academic background in biology, theater, and political science, his professional life includes seventeen years as a television reporter at KGW-Channel 8 in Portland, thirteen years as the Director of Public Information for the Portland Public Schools, teacher, actor and ranch-hand.