Why We Celebrate Wayne Morse

Wayne Morse was one of the most prolific statesmen to ever serve Oregon. He had earned a number of nicknames during his time, including the “Tiger of the Senate.” In 1944, Morse won his first election to become one of Oregon’s senators, and he served until 1968. On Friday, April 28th, we will honor his legacy at the 8th Annual Wayne Morse Gala.

Morse is most well-known for being one of only two senators who opposed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which led us into the Vietnam War. He was a staunch advocate for democracy and on national television said, “I have complete faith in the ability of the American people to follow the facts if you’ll give them. My charge against my government is we’re not giving the American people the facts.”

He also holds the record for the third longest filibuster in U.S. history at 22 hours and 26 minutes to delay debate on the Tidelands Oil Bill in 1953.

Senator Morse’s tenacity has been an inspiration to Democrats across the state — we strive to uphold his ideals and values in the work we do each day.

We hope you will join us on Friday, April 28th, to celebrate his legacy with special guest Congressman Keith Ellison. Tickets are $125 and help us elect Democrats up and down the ticket.

Democratic Party of Oregon 8th Annual Wayne Morse Gala
Portland Hilton, 921 SW 6th Ave
Friday, April 28th, 2017
Cocktail Hour 6:30PM
Dinner & Speaking Program 7:30PM

Buy your tickets today!