Janelle Bynum

Electrical Engineer


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Janelle Bynum is a four-term state legislator, a small business owner, and an electrical engineer. As the daughter of teachers and a mother of four, she has been a champion for helping our young people get ahead – fighting for increased education funding and juvenile and criminal justice reform.

She has led bipartisan initiatives around investment in K-12 and higher education, reproductive healthcare and small business support. She recently sponsored a bill that will produce semiconductors in Oregon and create more than 6,000 jobs in the state. Janelle has defeated Republican incumbent Representative Lori Chavez-DeRemer twice.

Election experts universally agree that OR-5 is one of the best opportunities for Democrats to flip a GOP-held seat blue: Not only did Democrats come within 2 points of winning this district in 2022 but Joe Biden won the district in 2020.