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Rep. Dan Rayfield
Rep. Dan Rayfield

Rep. Dan Rayfield received another significant award with the Oregon League of Conservation Voters issuing him the 2021 Unsung Hero Award.

OLCV is a nonpartisan organization that works to protect Oregon’s environmental legacy, elect pro-environment candidates to office and hold elected officials accountable.

In October, Rayfield (D-Corvallis) received the Legislative Champion Award issued by the Oregon branch of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME Council 75).

Rayfield, who has served as the House co-chair of the state’s top budget writing committee since 2018, was instrumental in funding environmental priorities for natural resource agencies and demonstrated a strong commitment to passing pro-environment policies.

“Since taking office, Rep. Rayfield has consistently supported strong environmental policy that protects our precious natural resources and guides our path toward a renewable energy future,” OLCV Executive Director Doug Moore said in a press release. “We are thankful to have an environmental champion serving in the state’s top budget role, ensuring Oregon has the necessary funding for both natural resource agencies and key environmental policy.”

The Unsung Hero award was presented to Rayfield on Nov. 23.

Rayfield is one of two legislators to successfully maintain a 100% on their lifetime OLCV scorecard — a measure the organization uses to highlight legislator’s commitment to environmental policy.

Since taking office in 2014, Rayfield has championed strong environmental protections for Oregon’s natural resources. During the 2021 legislative session, Rayfield’s office supported HB 2021, also called “100% Clean Energy for All,” as it passed through the Legislature. The policy places Oregon’s energy utilities on one of the most ambitious emissions reduction timelines in the nation.

Rayfield’s office has also worked in past sessions on a policy to create environmental procurement standards for ODOT’s construction materials like concrete, steel and asphalt. That legislation — also called “Buy Clean” — will be returning for the 2022 short session.

“I am honored to be recognized by OLCV for the work we have been doing in the Legislature to preserve our environment and natural resources,” Rayfield said. “Without organizations like OLCV, that work would be exponentially more difficult – they are both a driving force behind policy initiatives and an invaluable source of information for policy development.”

Rayfield, who represents Philomath and Corvallis, is serving in his fourth term as a state representative.

Click here to view the OLCV scorecard.

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