Insider Interview: Rep. Earl Blumenauer

June 4, 2024
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3) discusses livable communities, the development of modern streetcar systems, the origin of his iconic bike pin and what he hopes people will appreciate about his work long after his time as an elected official concludes.

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has spent more than 50 years as an elected official, including the past 28 years representing Oregon’s 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Blumenauer has been a longtime advocate of livable communities – places where residents are safe, healthy and economically secure and where the federal government serves as a partner to bring value to lives. 

The congressman joins Mass Transit for an “Insider Interview” to discuss several topics including the rise of modern streetcar systems, the origin story of the neon-colored bike pin and its message of bike-partisanship, as well as what he believes will endure from both his efforts and the efforts of his congressional colleagues.  

Rep. Blumenauer announced in October 2023 that he would not seek re-election. However, he is quick to point out the move is only a step away from elected office, not from the issues that matter to him. He will continue to work on advancing mobility choice, which he describes as the essence of a livable community. 

Thank you for watching Mass Transit’s "Insider Interview" with Rep. Earl Blumenauer.

About the Author

Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.