Who He Is
Mike Ellison is a father, husband, union electrician, engineer, political activist, and a 5th generation Oregonian. With roots in the Willamette Valley dating back to the late 1800s, Mike is proud of his Oregon heritage and feels deeply connected to his working-class upbringing. He was born and raised in Albany, graduated from West Albany High School, and spent much of his youth in the Dever-Conner and Jefferson area, where he worked picking strawberries, bucking hay, or moving irrigation pipe. Mike's mother grew up working the family dairy and riding horses in Ontario, Oregon and is a retired construction secretary in Salem. His father was raised in Jefferson before becoming a log-truck driver, long-haul truck driver, and a recently retired owner/operator in Albany. This blue-collar background is responsible for Mike's tireless work ethic and his belief that everyone deserves a living wage for a fair day's work.
Mike and his wife, Maggie, have three boys, an 8th grader, a 6th grader, and a preschooler. He is a proud member of IBEW Local 280 and has worked at the same locally-owned electrical contractor for 12 years as a journeyman electrician, project manager, and estimator. Maggie is a member of the UFCW Local 555 and an American Sign Language interpreter.
Mike spent a year working for the U.S. House of Representatives after being appointed as a page by Congressman Peter DeFazio. While there, he studied the legislative process and had the opportunity to learn from DeFazio and others, such as John Lewis, Bernie Sanders, Pat Schroeder, and Ron Wyden. Mike also had the unforgettable opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela, after watching him address a joint session of Congress.
While working full-time as an electrician, Mike enrolled in night and weekend classes to further his education. After completing an Associate's degree at Portland Community College, he went on to complete coursework for a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology, as well as a Master's degree in renewable energy engineering.
Mike currently serves as a Marion County Precinct Committee Person, is a member of the DPO Labor and Environmental Caucuses, and serves on the DPO Budget Committee.
As your representative, Mike will continually work to earn trust, empower people to reach their potential, encourage others to get involved, discuss issues with the people most affected, and inspire others to become new servant leaders.