Carolyn Tomei

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Carolyn Tomei
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 41st district
In office
Preceded by Jane Lokan
Succeeded by Kathleen Taylor
Personal details
Born 1936 (age 80–81)
Charleston, West Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Portland State University
Profession Social worker
Website Legislative website

Carolyn Tomei (born 1936) is a Democratic politician from the US state of Oregon. She served in the Oregon House of Representatives for District 41, representing Milwaukie and parts of Southeast Portland, including Sellwood and Eastmoreland from 2001 to 2015.

Early life and career[edit]

Tomei was born in Charleston, West Virginia. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work from Portland State University.[1]

Political career[edit]

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.[2] Tomei was first elected mayor in a special election held March 10, 1998. The election was held following the recall of Mayor Craig Lomnicki. Tomei won the three-way race with 2,003 votes over Councilor Rob Kappa's 952 votes and former councilor Rick Farley's 819 votes.[3] In the November, 1998 election, Tomei ran unopposed.[4] 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.[5] She was re-elected to the same seat six times.[1][6]

In March 2014 she announced she would not run for another term.[7]


Tomei is married to Gary Michael, and the couple have 17 children, step children, and foster children.[1][6]


Raised Roman Catholic, Tomei later identified herself as a secular humanist.[8] 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."[9] 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."[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Carolyn Tomei". Project VoteSmart. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ McCarthy, Dennis (March 13, 1998). "Mayoral victory margin surprises Tomei". The Oregonian. 
  3. ^ Kohler, Vince. "Milwaukie voters choose Tomei as Mayor." Oregonian, March 11, 1998.
  4. ^ McCarthy, Dennis. "Milwaukie Council Ballot Looks Like Recall Rematch." Oregonian, October 14, 1998.
  5. ^ Kohler, Vince (November 8, 2000). "Smith, Lee in tight race in District 10". The Oregonian. 
  6. ^ a b "Representative Carolyn Tomei". Oregon House of Representatives. Archived from the original on June 11, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
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  8. ^ "Kinship with the natural World." Dennis McCarthy, Oregonian, November 19, 1998.
  9. ^ Oregonian, January 16, 2013
  10. ^ Oregonian, December 19, 2013

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