Kayse Jama is the the first former refugee, Black Muslim and Somali-American to serve in the Oregon State Senate. As the Senate District 24 Senator representing one of the most diverse districts in our state, he uses his lived experience and two decades of advocacy and organizing skills to create real policy change, particularly for Black, Indigenous, people of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income Oregonians and rural communities. Currently, he serving as the Chair of the Senate Housing and Development Committee​ and members of the Senate Labor and Business Committee and the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development.​