Jeff Merkley

Image of wine grapes on the vine.

Two crops common to Southern Oregon, wine grapes and hemp, were the focus of a conference call with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and reporters on Thursday.  

Katie Alaimo / Roseburg News-Review

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is getting well known outside the state he represents. 

Merkley has been outspoken in his criticism and opposition to the Trump administration, including a true talking-marathon filibuster in opposition to the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. 

Senators are heading back to their home states for a delayed August recess, and a chance to meet with constituents. 


For a guy in the minority party in the Senate, Jeff Merkley knows how to make headlines. 

He certainly did so this week, with a proposal (shared with Sen. Bernie Sanders) to stop leasing federal lands for fossil fuel extraction. 

He makes a rare studio visit to discuss the proposal. 

Sen. Merkley, who came from Southern Oregon, supports the Jordan Cove natural gas export plan, despite his position on the new fossil fuel bill.

On The Campaign Trail With Wehby And Merkley

Oct 7, 2014
Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB

One of Oregon’s two seats in the U-S Senate is up for grabs this election season. The frontrunners are incumbent  Democrat Jeff Merkley and Republican Monica Wehby.

Merkley has a 3-to-1 fundraising advantage over his challenger. But out-of-state groups with undisclosed donors have spent millions in so-called “dark money” on ads attacking Merkley.