Jeff Merkley (b. 1956) is a progressive Democratic party member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Oregon. Merkley was first elected to the Senate in 2008. Merkley has been a leading progressive voice in the Senate and was the only U.S. Senator to endorse Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries. Merkely colluded in the Kavanaugh smear with a 15-hour filibuster on the Senate floor and is a supporter of the totalitarian Green New Deal.