Representative Pam Marsh serves House District 5 in the Oregon State Legislature, which includes Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Ruch and the southwest corner of Medford, and spans from the Applegate to the Green Springs.
In 2016, Pam ran for the Legislature because she knows from firsthand experience that government matters. Thoughtful, targeted and leveraged policies are necessary to protect our most vulnerable residents, lift our families, and assist residents as they create healthy, self-sustaining communities.
Pam has lived in Southern Oregon since 1994, when she and her husband, Diarmuid McGuire, moved their four children from Palo Alto, California, to the mountains above Ashland. In Palo Alto, Pam served on the Planning Commission, worked as district representative for a state legislator, served as executive director of the Santa Clara County Cities Association, and participated in a variety of nonprofit and public school organizations.
For ten years after moving to Oregon, Pam was actively involved in management and operation of Green Springs Inn and Cabins. As a parent of a student at Pinehurst School, she participated on the school site committee and Pinehurst School Foundation. Her family continues to own the business, which is currently managed by her husband and son.
In 2005, Pam graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BA in Political Science. From 2005 until her election to the legislature in 2016, Pam worked with local nonprofit organizations as deputy director of a drug and alcohol prevention and treatment agency and as manager of Ashland Emergency Food Bank.
Prior to joining the Oregon Legislature, Pam served the City of Ashland as a City Councilor for four years, and as a member and chair of the city Planning Commission and a member of the Ashland Charter Review Committee.
During her first term in the Oregon House, the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions, Pam served as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Economic Development and Trade, and as a member of the House Revenue Committee, the Joint Committee on Tax Credits, the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government, and the House Energy and Environment Committee.
Pam was reelected in 2018 to represent District 5 for another 2-year term, 2019-2020. In 2019, Pam was elected by her colleagues to serve on the House Democratic Leadership Team as Assistant House Majority Leader. She also serves on the Joint Committee On Information Management and Technology; Ways and Means Subcommittee On General Government (co-chair); and on the House Committee on Economic Development; Housing and Revenue (vice chair). She is currently a member of the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response, the State Broadband Advisory Council, and Oregon Retirement Savings Board.