Rep. Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis) received the 2021 Legislative champion award issued by the Oregon branch of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME Council 75). The award, issued at the close of every legislative session, is designated for lawmakers who have demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting working families.
The award was presented to Rayfield on Oct. 9.
“Oregon AFSCME has selected Rep. Rayfield as our 2021 legislative champion for his tireless efforts to support working families across the state,” said Stacy Chamberlain, executive director of Oregon AFSCME. “His dedication to a better and fairer Oregon is evident from his advocacy and work as co-chair of the Ways and Means Committee. As an advocate for workers and all Oregonians, we are proud to recognize Rep. Rayfield as our 2021 Oregon AFSCME Legislative champion.”
During the 2021 legislative session, Rayfield’s office introduced and passed House Bill 2682, which establishes safety policies for equipment rentals procured for use by public employees. The policy was developed in response to a tragic accident in which a Benton County AFSCME member lost his life due to hazardous heavy equipment on the job site.
In 2016, Rayfield was also awarded the AFL-CIO Legislator of the Year award in part for his work to ensure Albany steel workers would receive unemployment benefits during a lockout.
“It has been a tremendous privilege to be able to use our role in the Legislature and the community to support our frontline and public service workers, and their families,” Rayfield said. “It’s more important than ever to support our frontline workers as they are essential to our community and a strong middle class.”