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Elizabeth (Liz) Susan Nelson VanLeeuwen (née Nelson; November 5, 1925), was an American politician who was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives.[1]

Liz VanLeeuwen
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 37th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1925-11-05) November 5, 1925 (age 93)
Lakeview, Oregon
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)George VanLeeuwen
ResidenceHalsey, Oregon


Early life and careerEdit

VanLeeuwen was born in Lakeview, Oregon where she lived until attending Oregon State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Home Making Education and a minor in English in 1947.[2] She married George VanLeeuwen on June 15, 1947 and was a farmer.[3] She also was a news reporter and journalist for a newspaper in Brownsville, Oregon from 1949 to 1970.[4][5] She was a school teacher at Monroe High School, a substituent teacher and an adult educator in the 1950s and 1960s. She had a weekly farm report radio program on KWIL in the 1970s.

VanLeeuwen was a founding member of Oregon Women for Agriculture and a member of the Oregon Farm Bureau Women's Committee and Legislative Committee before being elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

Political careerEdit

VanLeeuwen served as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 1981-1999.

In 1999 she was elected to the Linn County Soil and Water Conservation board and currently holds a position there.

In 2002 VanLeeuwen ran for Oregon's 4th congressional district against Peter DeFazio (D). She lost 64% to 34%.


VanLeeuwen and her husband George live in Halsey, Oregon and have four children.


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  2. ^ "Vote Smart Liz VanLeeuwen Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  3. ^ Who's Who of American Women, 1991-1992. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  4. ^ Oregon Blue Book. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Biographical Note: - Liz VanLeeuwen Spotted Owl Collection, 1973-2004 - Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Oregon State University Libraries". Retrieved 10 October 2014.