Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) is serving her third term in the Oregon Senate. Her father, the late Sam Johnson, was a member of the House of Representatives from Redmond. Her mother, Becky Johnson, served on numerous State Boards, including the State Board of Higher Education and the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission.


Betsy received her undergraduate degree in History from Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota) and her Law degree from the Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College. A licensed commercial pilot of both fixed and rotor-wing aircraft, she founded Transwestern Helicopters, Inc., in 1978.


In September 1993, Betsy was selected as Manager of the Aeronautics Division of the Oregon Department of Transportation, a position she held until her resignation in September 1998. During the 1999 Legislative Session she was Vice President for Legislative Affairs for the Oregon Pilots Association; she successfully championed legislation that created the Oregon Department of Aviation.


Betsy has served on numerous local, regional and national boards and commissions, including the Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the Oregon Public Broadcasting Foundation and the High Desert Museum. Betsy currently serves on a number of regional boards, most recently elected as a member of the Board of Visitors, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. She also serves as the President of the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation.


In the 2017​​ Legislative Session, Senator Johnson served as the Vice Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Co-Chair of the Ways and Means Transportation and Economic Development Subcommittee, and member of the Ways and Means General Government Subcommittee. Senator Johnson also serves on the Joint Committee on Transportation ​Preservation and Modernization ​ and on the Joint Legislative Policy and Research Committee​.


Senator Johnson has served on Ways and Means since her first session. At the end of the 2017 session, Senator Johnson was again appointed to the  Emergency Board.


State Senator Betsy Johnson

Representing Oregon Senate District 16


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Senator Johnson's weekly radio show focuses on her work in Senate District 16 and in the Oregon Legislature, how changes to state statutes may affect constituents, Oregon's economy, activities of the Oregon legislature during and in-between legislative sessions, her work with State Senators and State Representatives of both parties, the progress and outcome of bills that impact residents of Senate District 16 and issues of concern to people who live on the Oregon North Coast, including the residents of Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook, Multnomah and Washington counties.


This Week with State Senator Betsy Johnson, interviewed by Michael Desmond, is broadcast on Fridays at 4 pm and Sundays at noon on 1600 AM KOHI, St. Helens; Saturday mornings at 9 on KTIL 1590 AM,Tillamook and 1360 AM KUIK, Hillsboro; Sundays at 7 am on Seaside's 94-point-9 The Bridge - Your North Coast Connection; Sundays at 8 am on KSWB AM 840 "Gold" in Seaside and Monday mornings at 9 on 91.9 FM KMUN, Astoria and 89.5 FM KTCB, Tillamook.


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 Scappoose, OR 97056

Phone:   503-543-4046

Fax:        503-543-5296

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 Salem OR 97301

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