Born in Lakeview, Oregon in 1925, Elizabeth Nelson VanLeeuwen graduated from Oregon State College in 1947 with a B.S. in Home Economics and went on to serve in the Oregon Legislature as State Representative for District 37 (Linn County) from 1981 to 1999. In her role as representative, VanLeeuwen campaigned actively against the listing of the spotted owl as an endangered species. In addition to her work in the legislature, VanLeeuwen has also been involved in a number of other advisory and governmental bodies, including the Western States Legislature Forestry Task Force, South Santiam Watershed Management Area Committee, and the Linn Soil and Water Conservation District.
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