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Sen. Thatcher recognized by conservative ALEC

Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, has voted for business interests and owns a contracting company.

COURTESY PHOTO - Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-KeizerSALEM - The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council named Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, as the ALEC-FreedomWorks Legislator of the Week on Thursday.

FreedomWorks seeks to promote "free markets and individual liberty," including less government, lower taxes, more economic freedom, and operates as a "service center for grassroots movements," according to the ALEC website.

Thatcher, a construction contractor, joined the Oregon House of Representatives in 2004 and is serving her first term in the Senate. Thatcher is owner of KT Contracting and Highway Specialties. She co-founded the Oregon Contractors Association. She is a member of three chambers of commerce and a certified pilot, the website noted.

She is the vice chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and sits on the Senate Government Accountability Committee and Joint Legislative Audits Committee.

An article in The Atlantic highlighted how ALEC packages and peddles legislation to conservative state lawmakers in different states.