Haymaker turned lawmaker

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By Oregon Family Farm Association,

State Representative, 2008-Present, District 17 East Linn County and part of Marion County.

On Representing Rural Oregon Sprenger sees herself as a steward of Oregon’s resources. She and her family love hunting, fishing and “just being in the far reaches of the state.” She works to share the values of rural Oregonians at the Capitol. “Making policy, dependent on facts and research, is just one important consideration the Legislature should use to make laws,” she says. “However, as important as the facts are, an understanding and appreciation of how our natural resources influence lifestyle, education and our livelihood are equally important. Without legislators who live or work in rural Oregon, policy that impacts agriculture and our natural resources will be largely driven by those least familiar with how to protect and care for this amazing state.”

Agriculture Highlights In 2008, shortly after Sprenger joined the Oregon legislature, a 16-year-old neighbor girl, driving a hay stacker five miles from her home, was killed in an accident involving a log truck. Her family and community wanted to know what Sprenger was going to do about it. “I will never forget the feeling of overwhelming responsibility to serve my friends and neighbors,” she says. She responded with Nathan’s Law, which addresses the vulnerability of farm equipment on the road and carries increased penalties in certain circumstances. “Giving the family a copy of the new law, signed by the governor, has long been a highlight for me.”

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