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​​​Who we are

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services is an official state commission made up of volunteers appointed by the governor and two legislators, one from the House and one from the Senate.

Our miss​​ion

The GCSS is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. Through cooperation with other organizations and advocacy, we work to ensure that seniors have access to services that provide choice, independence and dignity.​

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services (GCSS) is actively looking for advocates for seniors across the state. GCSS is made up of 21 members appointed by the Governor and two legislators, one from the state House of Representatives and one from the state Senate. A majority of members must be age 60 or over and can serve up to two three-year terms.

What does this co​mmission do?

  • Study programs and budgets of all state agencies, which affect elderly persons and people with disabilities.
  • Recommend development of a comprehensive plan for delivery of services to elderly persons.
  • Promote responsible statewide advocacy for elderly persons.


Current advocacy



Current Commissioners

Membership require​ments

The public members of the​ Governor's Commission on Senior Services are appointed by the governor for three-year terms. A majority of the membership shall be 60 years of age or older. The commission membership must be:

  • Broadly representative of major public and private agencies who are experienced in or have demonstrated particular interest in the special needs of elderly persons;
  • Advocates for elderly persons;
  • Persons who are active in advocacy organizations representing the interests of the elderly and people with disabilities who are served by programs provided by the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS); or
  • Consumers of O​DHS services including low income, minority and people with disabilities.

For more information, please see the Member Guide.

    How to apply

    Individuals who wish to serve on the Governor's Commission on Senior Services must submit an interest form to the governor. Potential members are screened to ensure that they meet the criteria. The governor's office will consult with interested parties before making a decision. The governor's office may request that the Oregon State Police review a person's background before making an appointment.

    Download interest forms at the Governor's Boards and Commissions​ ​webpage.​

    Con​​tact us

    500 Summer St ​NE
    Salem, OR 97301