The Museum is pleased to announce that our first local author featured in 2017 will be will be state representative, Mitch Greenlick. Greenlick moved to Portland in 1964 to start and eventually direct the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. He was also named Vice President of Kaiser Foundation Hospital in 1981. Starting in 1990, Greenlick served as Professor and Chair of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University. In 2002, Greenlick was elected to Oregon’s House of Representatives and has held the position for 4 terms, most recently being re-elected in 2008. Mitch is also active in our local community where he sits on the board of Community Action and as a member of the Northwest Health Foundation.
Greenlick’s new book “Capitol Letters” reveals the inner workings of state government so that it is accessible to us, the ordinary citizen. Do you ever wonder what goes on in the Capitol? How does a bill become law? How do our elected officials, many of whom are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, work together for the best interests of the public? When budgets are tight, how do they prioritize and fund much-needed programs for education, medical care, housing, public safety and so much more? Representative Mitch Greenlick takes us inside the Capitol and gives us a front-row seat to the process of law-making. Most legislators send out some kind of newsletter to their constituents, but Greenlick’s MitchMessages are unique in that he writes them himself; they are his own very personal account of legislative sessions as a participant/observer. Capitol Letters is a compilation of those messages, nuanced by his academic background, but written to be accessible to the rest of us.
When: Saturday, January 21 – 11:00 AM
Where: Washington County Museum – Main Exhibit Gallery
What: Approx. 45 minute presentation by the author followed by a Q&A portion and book signing.
Cost: Free! If you would like to stay and visit the museum’s exhibits afterwards, regular admission is required.