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Legislative Landscape Doesn’t Shift Much In Oregon

Rachael McDonald

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.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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