Governor Kitzhaber names Representative Ben Cannon as Education Policy Advisor
(SALEM, Ore.) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced that Representative Ben Cannon will join his staff as Education Policy Advisor. Representative Cannon currently serves as State Representative for House District 46 in Portland and teaches Humanities to middle school students at the Arbor School of Arts and Science.
“Ben’s passion and expertise on education policy will be a great asset to my office and the state,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “He’ll bring the same dedication he has shown his constituents to implementing an education improvement agenda to ensure better results for Oregon students, more resources for teachers, and a more prosperous future.”
"Serving as State Representative has been the highest honor I have ever held, and this was an incredibly difficult decision for me. But I am convinced that to advise the Governor on education policy represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a difference on the same issues that drew me to teaching and politics in the first place,” said Representative Cannon. “The achievements of the Governor and the Legislature this year have created a rare window of opportunity to make important improvements to the Oregon’s public education system.”
Representative Cannon will replace Nancy Golden, who returned to her position as Springfield Superintendent after the 2011 Legislative session. He holds graduate degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and Comparative and International Education from Oxford University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University. Representative Cannon is a graduate of West Linn High School.
During the session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 909, Governor Kitzhaber’s priority bill to develop an efficient and accountable “zero-to-20” education system that integrates early childhood services, K-12, and post-secondary education and training programs. The bill creates the Oregon Education Investment Board whose members will be confirmed by the Senate in September.
Representative Cannon will start in the Governor’s office on September 6, 2011.
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