|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 41st district
|Preceded by||Jane Lokan|
Charleston, West Virginia
|Alma mater||Portland State University|
Carolyn Tomei (born 1936) is a Democratic politician from the US state of Oregon. She serves in the Oregon House of Representatives for District 41, representing Milwaukie and parts of Southeast Portland, including Sellwood and Eastmoreland.
Early life and career
Tomei served on the Milwaukie Planning Commission in the 1990s and was elected to the Milwaukie City Council in 1996. In 1998, she ran for mayor of Milwaukie, and won a three-person race by 2–1 margin over her closest competitor. In 2000, she ran for an open seat in the Oregon House of Representatives, previously held by Republican Jane Lokan. In the general election, Tomei defeated Republican Dick Jones. She has been re-elected to the same seat five times.
Raised Roman Catholic, Tomei later identified herself as a secular humanist. In January, 2013, while leading the Oregon House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance Tomei changed the words "one nation under God" to "one nation under love." In December, 2013, Tomei was endorsed by the Freethought Equality PAC because of her "commitment to promote a more secular government and a will to protect the rights of all people, including the now 20 percent of Americans that don't identify with any particular religion."
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