11 Facts About Rod Monroe


Rod Monroe was born on August 20,1942 and is a Canadian-born American politician who served in the Oregon Senate, representing District 24 in the middle part of Multnomah County, which includes most of eastern Portland and the city of Happy Valley.


Rod Monroe attended college at Warner Pacific University and received bachelor's and master's degrees from Portland State College in 1965 and 1969 respectively.


Rod Monroe became a teacher at Tigard High School in Tigard, Oregon in 1965, teaching history and government and later served on the David Douglas school board.


In 1976, Rod Monroe was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 12 in Portland.


Rod Monroe served two terms and then was elected to the Oregon Senate in 1980, representing the 7th district in Portland.


Rod Monroe was re-elected to a second Senate term in 1984.


Rod Monroe ran for the Democratic nomination in the 1986 US Senate election in Oregon, but came in second behind Jim Weaver.


In 1992, Rod Monroe was elected to the council of Metro.


Rod Monroe served three terms, where he advocated for federal funding of light rail projects and the Portland Streetcar, as well as for biking and pedestrian trails such as the Springwater Corridor.


In Oregon's 2006 legislative elections, Rod Monroe was again elected to the Oregon Senate in the District 24 seat vacated by the retiring Frank Shields.


In 2018, Rod Monroe ran for reelection but was defeated in the Democratic primary by former state Representative Shemia Fagan.