About Elizabeth


Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward lives with her husband, Michael, two teenage daughters, two cats, and many fish in unincorporated Multnomah County.  Her oldest daughter and her partner make their home in northeast Portland.

Senator Steiner Hayward volunteers frequently at her children’s school and served as a Girl Scout troop leader and camp physician for ten years.  She provides medical care at a safety net clinic for uninsured patients.  Elizabeth has volunteered with Congregation Neveh Shalom since 2004.

The Senator is also a family physician at OHSU where she works to provide primary care to both children and adults.  She is a past President of the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians and currently serves as the Director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Breast Health Education Program.

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward was appointed to the Oregon Senate in December 2011 and elected in 2012.  In this time of tight budgets she understands we must set clear priorities to make Oregon a better place to own a small business and raise a family.



Click to Watch VideoAs a doctor, Senator Steiner Hayward is passionate about improving our health care system.  She believes that the goal should be a health care system that makes high-quality primary care more accessible and more affordable for everyone.  That is why, along with legislators like Sen. Alan Bates, Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, Rep. Mitch Greenlick, Rep. Tim Freeman and Rep. Tina Kotek, she actively promoted the passage of the recent landmark health care reform measures.  This legislation, along with the award of federal dollars that will make implementation possible, have put Oregon on the map again as a national leader in health care reform. 

Another grave concern relates to the ever-increasing class sizes in our local schools. Elizabeth knows through participation in the review of Regional ESDs, that there are ways that we can better collaborate, consolidate and make more efficient use of limited resources, so we may focus more on our children’s classrooms, where we know we can make the difference.

The Senator also knows that we must do more to help our small businesses succeed.  She sees opportunity in strengthening the connections between small businesses and Portland Community College to actively deliver relevant job training and skills to our citizens.  Practical steps like ensuring local employers have access to capital and loans so they can create jobs; that local businesses get priority when it comes to bidding on state contracts to ensure that our tax dollars are put to work in our communities.  And finally, As Senator and Doctor, she knows we must reduce healthcare costs for small businesses to ensure that they can grow their businesses and provide family wage jobs.