Representative Carolyn Tomei is now serving her sixth term in the Oregon Legislature. Before her election in 2000, Carolyn was the Mayor of Milwaukie for three years. She served on the City Council before that and was earlier on the Planning Commission.
Prior to serving in elected office, Representative Tomei worked as a Child Development Specialist for Portland Public Schools, a School Consultant for Multnomah County Mental Health, and a Group Home Specialist for Adolescents for the Children's Services Division. She also taught at Portland Community College.
Carolyn Tomei was an original member of the NARAL Political Action Committee and has spent years fostering equal rights for women and minorities. She served as community mediator with Resolutions Northwest and was a founding member of both the Friends of Elk Rock Island and her neighborhood association, Island Station.
Currently, Representative Tomei serves as the Co-Chair of the Human Services Committee, as well as Co-Chair of the Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance, a voluntary alliance of legislators and advocates, seeking to enhance the physical health, safety and economic well being of women. She has been placed on several policy workgroups, including the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board and the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission.
During her tenure in the legislature, Tomei has been instrumental in securing funding for transportation projects in the district, i.e. the SE Portland/Milwaukie Light Rail Project and the Sellwood Bridge Replacement. She was a chief sponsor of the Indoor Clean Air Act, and also led the efforts to remove expiration dates from gift cards and to prohibit the use of hand held cell phones will driving.
Representative Tomei has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Portland State University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from PSU as well. She and her husband Gary Michael live in Milwaukie.
Contact Representative Carolyn Tomei by calling her Capitol office at 503-986-1441, her district office at 503-653-5180, or by e-mailing her at email@example.com