Message from the Oregon State Director, Vicki L. Walker
On behalf of the USDA Rural Development staff in Oregon, welcome to
our web site. I invite you to explore our web pages for valuable
information related to our programs. The Rural Development staff is
a team working to ensure that rural Oregonians have quality housing,
economic opportunity, clean drinking water, supportive community
facilities, and modern utility services and telecommunications.
We are building for the future, and working in partnership with
business and community leaders and all levels of government. We are
making certain that available resources are invested wisely in a
coordinated manner in order to improve the quality of rural
communities and the vitality of their residents' lives.
Please, take a look at each of our program areas. We have a lot to
offer! Through the use of this website, I hope that you'll gain a
better understanding of how USDA Rural Development is fulfilling its
mission and creating new opportunities for rural Oregonians. If you
need additional information give our staff a call, send an e-mail
message, or set up an appointment to come in and see us.
Thanks for visiting. Let's work together! Vicki L. Walker
Biography for Vicki L. Walker
Vicki Walker serves as Oregon State Director for USDA Rural
Development. Walker served for ten years in the Oregon State
Legislature, in both the House and the Senate, before being
appointed by President Obama to Rural Development in November 2009.
Ms. Walker served on numerous committees and task forces on topics
ranging from renewable energy, health care, youth suicide
prevention, education, judiciary, and public safety, to name a few.
She earned a reputation in Oregon capitol for demanding
accountability and transparency in government, spearheading landmark
legislation on many issues. In the 2009 Legislative Session, she was
a member of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means, co-chaired the
Subcommittee on Natural Resources, and was a member of the
Subcommittee on Public Safety. In 2007, she won the Legislator of
the Year Award from the Special Districts Association of Oregon.
Prior to her appointment to Rural Development, Walker operated her
own court reporting firm for 25 years, providing court reporting
services to grand juries, federal courts, and attorneys in Oregon.
She earned a B.S. degree from the University of Oregon in 1978, and
studied court reporting at Lane Community College. Ms. Walker lives
in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband Steve Walker, to whom she's been
married since 1975. They
have two grown children, Adam and Sara.
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