Laurie Monnes Anderson

Laurie Monnes Anderson (born December 31, 1945) is an American Democratic politician who most recently served in the Oregon Senate, representing District 25 in eastern Multnomah County, Oregon, including parts of the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale, and Wood Village. She previously served two terms in the Oregon House of Representatives.

Laurie Monnes Anderson
Laurie Monnes Anderson 2010.jpg
President pro tempore of the Oregon Senate
In office
January 9, 2017 – January 11, 2021
Preceded byGinny Burdick
Succeeded byJames Manning Jr.
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 25th district
In office
January 10, 2005 – January 11, 2021
Preceded byJohn Minnis
Succeeded byChris Gorsek
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 50th district
In office
January 8, 2001 – January 10, 2005
Preceded byRon Sunseri
Succeeded byJohn Lim
Personal details
Born (1945-12-31) December 31, 1945 (age 75)
Coronado, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationWillamette University (BS)
University of Colorado, Boulder (MS)
Radford University (BS)

Early life and careerEdit

Born Laurie Monnes in Coronado, California, she grew up in Gresham, Oregon, one of four children of Bud and Ellene Groening Monnes, who were both teachers.[1][2] She graduated from Gresham High School and received a bachelor's degree in biology from Willamette University in 1968, and a master's in biology from the University of Colorado in 1972. In 1981, she earned a degree in nursing from Radford University.[1][3] She married and raised two children, divorcing in 1985.[2]

Political careerEdit

Following a career as a public health nurse, Monnes Anderson began serving on the Gresham-Barlow School District board in 1991. In 1998, she ran for the Oregon House of Representatives representing District 22, but lost to incumbent Ron Sunseri by 250 votes.[4] In 2000, Sunseri did not seek re-election, and Monnes Anderson defeated Republican nominee Ed Golobay for the seat in a close election.[5] She was re-elected to the seat (renumbered to District 50) by a wide margin in 2002 over Ernest Hodgin.[6]

In 2004, she sought election to the Oregon Senate in District 25. In this race, she again faced Ron Sunseri, who had defeated her in her first House race in 1998. However, this time, Monnes Anderson prevailed by 9 percentage points in an expensive race.[7]

She was unopposed for her party's nomination in 2008. She defeated Republican Dave Kim in the general election.[8]


Monnes Anderson lives in Gresham, Oregon.[1] She is a first cousin of cartoonist Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons. Monnes Anderson's mother, Ellene Groening Monnes, is the sister of Groening's father Homer.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson". Oregon State Legislature. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Stine, Mara (June 14, 2008). "A daughter's care of Dad". The Outlook (Gresham). Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Laurie Monnes Anderson". Project VoteSmart. Retrieved October 1, 2008.
  4. ^ Stern, Henry (January 4, 1999). "Concerns surround Sunseri as House Education chairman". The Oregonian.
  5. ^ Stern, Henry (November 8, 2000). "Monnes Anderson holding slim edge in House District 22". The Oregonian.
  6. ^ "How Oregon Voted". The Oregonian. November 10, 2002.
  7. ^ Trevison, Catherine (November 3, 2004). "Monnes Anderson wins pivotal state Senate seat". The Oregonian.
  8. ^ "Sign in to". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
  9. ^ Mortenson, Eric (November 19, 2004). "Lawmaker feels void after mother's death". The Oregonian.

External linksEdit

Oregon Senate
Preceded by
Ginny Burdick
President pro tempore of the Oregon Senate
Succeeded by
James Manning Jr.