Legislative Landscape Doesn’t Shift Much In Oregon
The Oregon legislature will feature a few new faces next year, but most incumbents held onto their seats.
On the Oregon coast, Republicans appear to have picked up two open House seats and an open Senate seat. Democrats, meanwhile, defeated an incumbent GOP representative in central Oregon. Incumbents from both parties largely swept to easy victories in Lane, Linn, Benton and Douglas Counties.
It means Democrats will hold on to their supermajorities in the Oregon House and Senate. But by failing to expand those majorities, Republicans can still walk out to deny a quorum. That’s a tactic the GOP has used to kill legislation in Salem several times in the past two years.
The next session of the Oregon legislative is scheduled to convene on January 19th, 2021.