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Gresham Representative to step away from Legislature after term concludes in 2020

PMG FILE PHOTO - Carla PilusoRep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham, announced Tuesday, Nov. 12, that she will not seek reelection in 2020.

She will continue serving through the remainder of her term, which concludes at the end of next year.

"This was not an easy decision, but after a long career in public service, I have decided to hand over the reins to the next generation," Piluso wrote in a statement.

Piluso has been serving House District 50 since 1979, when she was hired by the Gresham Police Department. Through her three decade career she became the first woman to be promoted to every rank within the department, capping her service with six years as the Chief of Police.

That dedication to service spurred her to run and win a seat in 2014 in the Oregon House of Representatives.

During her three terms in the State Legislature, Piluso championed several bills, some that met mixed support in the community. She was a proponent of the Student Success Act, and advocated for paid family and medical leave. She also defended access to reproductive health care, supported legislation that protects renters from unjust evictions.

"As a legislator, I have been able to make a real impact on issues I have cared about my entire career," Piluso wrote.

Piluso is an active force in the community beyond her position as an elected official. She is on the Gresham-Barlow School Board, and is involved with Human Solutions and the Gresham Historical Society — all organizations she said she will continue her involvement. She also hosts an annual Gresham Domestic Violence Vigil to support survivors and remember victims.

"Don't be surprised if you see me around town at Jazzy Bagels or Sunny Han's," Piluso wrote. "I look forward to starting this new chapter."

Before her election to the Legislature, Piluso was Greham's first female police chief.

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