August 17, 2011

Wyden Commemorates 600th Town Hall Meeting with Web Video

Fossil, OR – On February 17, 1996, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) held his first town hall meeting as a U.S. Senator in Fossil, Oregon.  It was the beginning of Wyden’s pledge to hold a town hall meeting in each of Oregon’s 36 counties each year.  After nearly 16 years of keeping that pledge, Wyden will be returning to Wheeler County this afternoon to hold his 600th town meeting in Fossil.

“In 1996, I pledged that if I was chosen Oregon’s first new United States Senator in almost thirty years, I would throw open the doors of government and hold an open-to-all town hall meeting in each of Oregon’s 36 counties, each year,” said Senator Wyden. “While this journey began as a special pledge to Oregonians, 600 town hall meetings later, I realize it has been Oregon’s gift to me.”

To mark today’s milestone, Wyden and his staff put together a web video featuring pictures taken during Wyden’s 16 years of traveling the state.

In addition to today’s town hall meeting, Wyden will be holding his annual Sherman County town hall meeting tomorrow August 18, 2011, in Moro.  For more details visit:

For a complete list of Wyden's town hall meetings, visit:

Note: This video was assembled by Wyden’s staff using existing Senate and public domain resources in compliance with Senate rules. No outside services were contracted for its production.