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Education

The son of a mill worker, Jeff was the first in his family to go to college, and his kids go the same public high school that he did.

As our Senator, he’s fighting to support students, their families, and educators because he knows that a strong education system is essential to restoring a strong middle class.

Making College More Affordable

Skyrocketing tuition costs are putting college out of reach for too many Oregonians. Jeff helped make college more affordable by cutting out big bank middlemen raking in profits on student loans. Jeff will keep fighting to make sure that fear of debt doesn’t hold back our kids from pursuing their dreams. Jeff also introduced legislation with Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts that would allow people to refinance their student loans at lower rates, reducing millions of Americans’ bills by hundreds or thousands of dollars a year. When student loan rates were set to double last year, Jeff took action and voted to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling. He also stood up against Republicans trying to cut federal funding for education.

Improving Oregon's Schools

Years of budget cuts have left Oregon’s public schools with overcrowded classrooms, shortened calendar years, and rundown facilities. Jeff understands we have an obligation to improve our schools and prepare our children for the future, and he will keep fighting for funding to support Oregon’s students and teachers in his role as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Meet Jeff Merkley

Jeff Merkley was born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the son of a sawmill worker.Jeff Merkley and Family As an advocate and a state legislator, he always fought hard for working families in Oregon. And now, as U.S. Senator, he's working every day for families in Oregon and across the country.

His progressive commitment is clear - working for economic recovery and family-wage jobs, clean energy that puts Americans to work and combats the climate crisis, affordable health care for all Americans. Learn more about Jeff Merkley.

Connect with Jeff Meet Jeff Merkley

Jeff Merkley was born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the son of a sawmill worker. As an advocate and a state legislator, he always fought hard for working families in Oregon. And now, as U.S. Senator, he's working every day for families in Oregon and across the country.

His progressive commitment is clear - working for economic recovery and family-wage jobs, clean energy that puts Americans to work and combats the climate crisis, affordable health care for all Americans. Learn more about Jeff Merkley.