Born in Berkeley, California, Rosenbaum attended Reed College, which is located in Senate District 21. She has been married to attorney Jas Adams for 28 years. They live in Portland’s Richmond neighborhood.
Senator Rosenbaum is a retired central office technician for Qwest and a 28-year member of her union, the Communications Workers of America. She has served as an Executive Board Member of the Oregon AFL-CIO. She currently serves on the Oregon Workforce Investment Board.
Senator Diane Rosenbaum was elected by her colleagues to serve as the Senate Majority Leader in the fall of 2010. In 2008, Rosenbaum was elected as a State Senator for District 21 in Southeast Portland and Milwaukie, and during the 2009 session she served as Senate Assistant Majority Leader and as Chair of the Commerce & Workforce Development Committee. Prior to serving the Senate, Rosenbaum served 10 years in the Oregon House, including many years in leadership positions such as House Speaker, Speaker Pro Tempore, House Democratic Whip, and Chair of the House Elections, Ethics and Rules Committee.
Rosenbaum is a passionate advocate for Oregon’s working families and low-income Oregonians. She serves on the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force. Her legislative accomplishments include expanding the Working Family Childcare Credit, passage of Oregon’s Minimum Wage Law, and improvements to Oregon’s Family Leave Act. She has served as Chair of the Oregon Commission for Women and of the Oregon Women’s Health & Wellness Alliance. A breast cancer survivor, Rosenbaum won passage of landmark legislation requiring annual breast cancer screening, as well as other major women’s healthcare legislation. Rosenbaum’s deep commitment to equal rights resulted in laws prohibiting discrimination and granting domestic partnerships for lesbian and gay Oregonians.
Supported Progressive Health Care Reform
In late 2009, Diane Rosenbaum was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,
- "Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."