Jefferson Smith, Oregon State Representative
In this episode of Late Night Conversation, Paul talks with Oregon State Representative, Jefferson Smith. Topics include: coming of age experiences, social stratification, corporate law and ethics, the role of nonprofits, generational politics, and publishing.
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About our guest:
Jefferson Smith is an Oregon Democratic politician and the founder of the Bus Project. In 2008, he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives representing District 47 in east Portland. He is seeking election as Mayor of Portland in 2012.
After listening to the show, check out books and organizations Paul and Jefferson mentioned or discussed:
Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward Glaeser
Piers Anthony’s World of Xanath (read by Jefferson in middle school)
Busy Monsters by William Giraldi (a debut novel Late Night Library selected as a gift for Jefferson)
The Bus Project (political nonprofit founded by Jefferson)
Cforward (a nonpartisan, 501c4 advocacy organization that champions the economic role of the nonprofit sector and supports candidates who include the sector in their plans to strengthen the economy)