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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

The Weekly Catch


Two More Steps Forward Toward a Cleaner Willamette River

Commissioner Fish Blog


Council Approves $3.475 Million More For Portland Harbor Cleanup

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland City Council Votes to Fund Cleanup Plan on Superfund Site

Ted Sickinger in The Oregonian


Portland is Leasing Sellwood and Fulton Community Centers to Private Organizations

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


Neighbors Save Sellwood Community Center

Lindsay Nadrich in KGW News


Tenants Find Landlords Unwilling to Take a Rental Assistance Check Designed to Get Them Through a Financial Pinch

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week


LGBTQ+ Sobriety House Opens in Portland

KATU News Staff

Open and Accountable Elections

Can Portland Deliver on the Promise of Publicly Funded Elections?

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


Your City Hall: New Portland Campaign Funding Rules in Place

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Darcelle is Finally Having Her Portland Moment

Lizzy Acker in The Oregonian


Portland Drag Queens Raise Money for Cancer

KOIN 6 News Staff


Study: Portland Has 10th Best Public Transit System in The Nation

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Forum Will Look at Whether All Roads Lead to Congestion Pricing

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Says Portland Police Need to Increase DUII Patrols

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week


The Portland Police Bureau Clears Lieutenant Investigated for Communications with Protest Groups

Nigel Jaquiss in Willamette Week


Cop Cleared in Controversy Over His Friendly Texts with Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson Before, During Protests

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian


Portland Community Groups Ask for More Accountability in New Police Contract

Meerah Powell in OPB News


Portland Police Labor Contract: Community Coalition Calls for Public Input, Changes

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian

In Other News

The Portland Handbook 2019: Read It, Learn It, LIVE It

Portland Mercury Staff


Code Reform Could Eliminate References to All Groups

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Greyhound Moves Out, Puts Portland Bus Terminal Up for Sale

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


KGW’s Own Maggie Vespa Calls Out Online Bully with Empowering Words

Gillian Flaccus in KGW News


An Oregon News Anchor Wore Pants During a Broadcast. She Then Shared the Body-Shaming Comments She Received.

Gillian Flaccus in Time Magazine


We’re Barely Listening to the U. S’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes

Shannon Hall in The New York Times


Commissioner Fish Displays Nixon Impeachment Gavel in Office

Commissioner Fish's Interview With KATU News

September 27, 2019

Nick's father served in the U.S. House during Richard Nixon's impeachment inquiry. He played a pivotal role on the Judiciary Committee, supporting two of the three Articles of Impeachment. KATU News visited the Fish Office to learn more about that family history and a memento Commissioner Fish keeps in his office. You can read the story below or on KATU's website here.

Only three U.S. presidents have ever faced impeachment proceedings, and you can find a memento from one of those history-making events at Portland City Hall.

On Wednesday, City Commissioner Nick Fish spoke about a precious keepsake he got from his father, Hamilton Fish, who was a member of Congress during the Watergate scandal that ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

“In honor of my dad, it’s been one of the great joys of my life to have Peter Rodino’s gavel in my office at City Hall,” Fish said.

That gavel is a significant piece of U.S. history.

Rodino was the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which passed articles of impeachment against Nixon.

“I don’t know how many gavels the chairman used in the summer of 1974. There couldn’t be many of them,” Fish said.

He said Rodino gave the gavel to his father.

“I think he was deeply touched by the sign of respect,” Fish said.

Back then, U.S. Rep. Hamilton Fish was a junior member of the bipartisan panel that famously passed the articles of impeachment against Nixon. But before the House of Representatives could vote to impeach him, Nixon resigned.

“I was very proud of my dad for his work,” Fish said. “He’d always say the same thing: ‘I took an oath to support the Constitution. I’ll listen to the evidence, and I’ll vote my conscience.’”

Fish said lawmakers today would do well to follow that line of thinking in the months ahead.

“I hope that some of the examples that committee set in the summer of ’74, guide congressional actions now in the fall of 2019,” he said.

Rodino wrote a letter to Hamilton Fish when he gave him the gavel. Along with the gavel, Nick Fish also displays that letter, which reads: “Dear Ham: Since we have shared an extraordinary experience in our country’s history, I thought you might like, as a memento of those historic events, one of the gavels I used during the impeachment hearings. Warm Regards. Sincerely, Peter W. Rodino, Jr.”

Commissioner Fish Displays Nixon Impeachment Hearings Gavel in Office


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Commissioner Fish Displays Nixon Impeachment Hearings Gavel in Office



Meet Mel Brown, the Portland Jazz Legend Who Plays for Something Greater than Himself

Isabel Zacharias and Kaylee Domzalski in OPB News


EPA Rejects Proposal to Scale Back Cleanup Plans for Portland Harbor

Cassandra Profita in OPB News


Portland Parks & Recreation

Urban Forestry Celebrates Arbor Day 2019 And the Fall Planting Season
PP&R News


Portland Metro Makes Gains Against Poverty; Oregon Overtakes U.S. in Household Income

Elliot Njus and Mike Rogoway in The Oregonian

Most Oregon Rent Increases Capped at 9.9% in 2020

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

Portland Leaders Oppose White House Proposal on Police Moving Homeless People

Amelia Templeton in OPB News


Neighborhood Associations

Eudaly Delays City Council Vote on Neighborhood Changes

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Moves to Delay Changes to Portland’s Neighborhood Associations

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

Neighborhood Watches Have Gone Out of Fashion. Portland City Hall Aims to Remodel Them.
Sophie Peel in Willamette Week


Environmental Services

Advisory: Sewage Release from Pump Station at NE Alderwood Road Reaches Columbia Slough

BES News


Sewage Flows into Columbia Slough After Pipe Ruptures at NE Portland Pump Station

FOX 12 News


In Other News

Council Appoints First Five Clean Energy Fund Committee Members

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Portland’s Carbon Emissions from Planes, Trains, And Automobiles Are Rising

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

Portland Water Bureau Warns Earthquake Could Leave City with Major Shortages

Rebecca Ellis in OPB News

Can the People Wanting to Bring Major League Baseball to Portland Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

Robert Ham in the Portland Mercury


Portland Approves $1 Million Repair Contract for Going Street Bridge Smashed by Train

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian