Current Activities

Posted on March 11th, 2015 by Katie Riley

Thank you for visiting my website.  My current activities include service on the following boards/organizations:

Children’s Opportunity Fund Initiative of Washington County

Hillsboro Empowers Youth (HEY!)

Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health

Sequoia Mental Health Services

NW Regional ESD G.A.P.S. Foundation

Adolescent Health Section and Policy Committee of the Oregon Public Health Association

Advisory Council, Oregon Insurance Division

I am also chairing the Children’s Opportunity Fund Initiative of Washington County.  We believe that every child in Washington County deserves to grow up in a safe and nurturing home, succeed in school, and pursue a prosperous adulthood. The Children’s Opportunity Fund Initiative of Washington County (COFI) seeks a sustainable source of funding dedicated to proven, successful programs that prevent child abuse, assure high quality early childhood care and education, and support academic success.

It would be a pleasure to talk with you about any of these organizations.  In addition to these activities, I am spending time with my grandchildren and my husband, Chuck, and am enjoying oil painting.


Katie visits her 5,000th house this campaign

Posted on April 27th, 2012 by Katie Riley

Katie visits her 5,000th home this election cycle and gets a warm reception from Fay Magraff!

Katie's 5,000th house

Katie Riley receives endorsement from the Oregon Black Political Convention

Posted on April 17th, 2012 by Katie Riley

I am proud to report that I have been endorsed by the Oregon Black Political Convention. They recognize my commitment and long time dedication to serving all people in my district and Oregon.

Reminder: Koch Brothers Exposed – tonight

Posted on April 17th, 2012 by Katie Riley

Don’t miss this important documentary! The “Koch Brothers Exposed” will be shown tonight at the Washington County Democrats’ office (140 NE 3rd Avenue) at 7 pm.

Koch Brothers Exposed: The 1% at its very worst

Posted on April 4th, 2012 by Katie Riley

You are invited to a showing of “Koch Brothers Exposed: The 1% at its very worst” hosted by Katie Riley!

April 17th at 7pm
Washington County Democrats Office
140 NE 3rd Ave in Hillsboro

There is space for about 45 people, so first come first served.

Small Businesses Can Provide Jobs-With Our Help

Posted on April 3rd, 2012 by Katie Riley

These days, the primary emphasis of state strategies is recruiting new businesses and supporting existing large businesses rather than supporting small businesses already here in our community. This prioritization occurs despite the fact that Oregon has a strong core of small, stable businesses making up our economic fabric and creating the majority of jobs in the state.

That’s why I formed an advisory group of small business owners to identify barriers to their success and develop potential solutions. Members come from Hillsboro, Cornelius, and Forest Grove and include manufacturers, farmers, health care providers, contractors, and retailers. Some have been in business many years; others only a short time. The following barriers to success emerged from our first meeting:

Access to capital: In spite of the massive public bail-outs of large Wall Street banks, small business loans for start-up and expansion purposes are almost non-existent. Most small businesses need bridge loans between seasonal buying months and to technologically improve operations to remain competitive. Small business loans are also needed to fuel expansion into new markets and product development.

Land use: Small businesses have less clout when confronted with large ventures that would adversely affect their operation on their own land. This is particularly true in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) controversy where legislation has been passed that will allow private energy corporations to get permits to do soil removal and/or fill without landowner approval.

Regulatory Laws and Licensing Requirements: State and local laws and licensing requirements rarely take into account the economic impact of compliance on small businesses.

Access to health insurance pools for employee healthcare purposes: Small businesses could get more employee healthcare coverage at better rates if pooled together.

The participants agreed that small businesses need to be given incentives equal to those provided for large businesses. Many business owners are ready to expand and hire new people but they need capital to expand. We need to help get it to them.

Other Legislative ideas include:

  • Incentives to expand. The last Legislative Session allowed the state to “Buy Oregon first.” We need a bill to “Hire Oregon First.” I will introduce a bill to give incentives to small businesses, to do just that.
  • Streamline the permitting process. The state has instituted one-stop permits for state agencies. The process now needs to be coordinated with counties and cities so businesses truly have one-stop permitting.
  • Provide access to capital. In the last session the Oregon Investment Act pooled funds for business loans. Now, we need to make sure those funds get delivered to our small businesses so they can expand and hire more workers.
  • Lower the cost of health insurance for small businesses. The new health insurance exchange program needs to be expanded to allow small businesses and their employees to participate.

We need to deliver to small businesses in our community. I am committed to working on each of these initiatives as well as other ideas that arise from small businesses. Business owners can submit ideas and comments to me via email:

Posted on April 1st, 2012 by Katie Riley

I am excited and honored to announce that the Joint Council of Teamsters No. 37 has endorsed me for House District 29.

New Youtube ad

Posted on March 23rd, 2012 by Katie Riley

Party! Party! on St Patrick’s Day

Posted on March 18th, 2012 by Katie Riley

Thank you everyone who attended our 19th annual Riley St Patrick’s Day party.  Lots of good food and libations were consumed–  Where did all those meatballs go!  Monica’s “torte,” Claire’s nacho, and Linda’s special almonds were big hits.  Great to see old friends!  Our final political discussion wrapped up around 1:30 am.  Hard to get up this morning but walking this afternoon in hail and sunshine got me energized again.

I really appreciate all the contributions.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend and would like to add support to the campaign, please click on the “contribute” button on this page.

Top O’ the Mornin!

Posted on March 18th, 2012 by Katie Riley

Our team had fun participating in the Hillsboro St Patrick’s Day parade with the Washington County Democrats.  It was great to see friends and meet new supporters along the route.  I also enjoyed seeing all the Katie Riley signs in yards!

St Patrick's Day Parade - Team Katie Riley