Michael Dembrow

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Michael E. Dembrow
Michael Dembrow.jpg
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 23rd district
Assumed office
Preceded byJackie Dingfelder
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 45th district
In office
Preceded byJackie Dingfelder
Succeeded byBarbara Smith Warner
Personal details
Born1951/1952 (age 68–69)[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Catherine Dembrow
ChildrenNikolai C. Dembrow
Tatyana Janine Dembrow
Alma materUniversity of Connecticut
Indiana University

Michael E. Dembrow (born c. 1951) is an American Democratic politician from the US state of Oregon, currently representing District 23 (which contains northeastern Portland, Maywood Park and Parkrose) in the Oregon Senate.[2] Before his appointment to the Oregon Senate, Dembrow served in the Oregon House of Representatives serving District 45. Dembrow, formerly an English instructor at Portland Community College, served on Governor Ted Kulongoski's State Board of Higher Education. The Oregon League of Conservation Voters and Willamette Week endorsed Dembrow during the 2008 legislative election.[3][4]


According to Dembrow's official site, he is a former English instructor at Portland Community College (PCC), was President of the PCC faculty union for sixteen years, and was appointed to the State Board of Education in 2007. In 1991, Dembrow helped to create the Cascade Festival of African Films.[5] Dembrow earned an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Connecticut and his Master's degree in Comparative Literature from Indiana University Bloomington.[6][self-published source] In 2009, Dembrow and Representative Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) introduced House Bill 2578, a proposal which required towers to contact property owners or tenants before towing. The bill also allowed the vehicle owner to move their vehicle "without fees beyond the initial hookup", and requires that landlords clearly display parking rules.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Dembrow and his wife, Catherine or "Kiki" (also born ca. 1951), have one son, Nikolai C. Dembrow, and one daughter, Tatyana Janine Dembrow. Dembrow considers himself an avid runner and has completed the Portland Marathon multiple times.[6][self-published source] According to Willamette Week, Dembrow is Jewish.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jaquiss, Nigel (June 28, 2017). "The Good, the Bad and the Awful: Our 2017 Ranking of Portland-Area Lawmakers". Willamette Week. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "Senator Michael Dembrow". Oregon State Legislature. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "Meet Michael Dembrow (Candidate for House District 45 endorsed by OLCV)". Oregon League of Conservation Voters. April 16, 2008. Archived from the original on November 28, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Oregon House District 45". Willamette Week. City of Roses Newspapers. April 30, 2008. Archived from the original on December 12, 2009. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  5. ^ Hill, James (January 20, 2010). "Cascade Festival of African Films turns 20". Portland Community College. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Meet Michael". MichaelDembrow.com. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  7. ^ "Oregon Senate Cracks Down on Predatory Towing Companies". Salem-News. June 3, 2009. Retrieved January 10, 2011.

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