Jessica Vega Pederson
Jessica Vega Pederson is a Democratic politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. She served in the Oregon House of Representatives, for two two-year terms, from January 2013 through 2016. Since January 2017, Vega Pederson has been serving a county commissioner for Multnomah County, the state's most populous county.
Jessica Vega Pederson
|Multnomah County Commissioner|
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Judy Shiprack|
|Constituency||East and Southeast Portland|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives|
from the 47th district
January 14, 2013 – January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Jefferson Smith|
|Succeeded by||Diego Hernandez|
|Born||1975 (age 45–46)|
Crown Point, Indiana
|Education||Loyola University Chicago (BA)|
Early life and educationEdit
Vega Pederson was born in Crown Point, Indiana, a small town near Chicago, and raised in a Mexican-American family. Vega Pederson graduated from Loyola University Chicago, where she majored in informational systems management and technology.
Prior to running for political office, Vega Pederson was a project manager for a tech company. Her listing within the Voter's Pamphlet read: "I am not a politician. I'm a mom and a professional. My husband has his own small business. We work hard and we want a better future for our kids." She and her husband have two small children and live in East Portland.
In September 2015, Vega Pederson announced that she would not seek re-election to the House, and would instead run for election to the Multnomah County Commission, for a seat that was due to become open as a result of term limits requiring its then-holder Judy Shiprack to leave the seat. She won election to the commission in the May 2016 primary, representing county District 3, for a four-year term to begin in January 2017. She was sworn in on January 3, 2017. On May 19, 2020, Jessica Vega Pederson was re-elected to a four year term on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners.
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