Tualatin Democrat will seek another term in Salem, where he co-chairs the Legislature's joint budget committee

DEVLINState Sen. Richard Devlin has announced that he will seek another term in the Oregon Legislature.

"I filed to return to the Senate because I'm focused on the priorities that make a difference for our future," the Tualatin Democrat said Friday evening. "We need to deliver more investment in public education, protect services for Oregonians in need and maintain a fiscally responsible government."

Devlin was first elected to the state Legislature in 1996. He served three terms in the House before his election in 2002 to the Senate, where he was majority leader from 2007-2010. Last year, he made an unsuccessful run for secretary of state but was defeated in the Democratic primary by Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.

Devlin is one of the most influential lawmakers in Salem, where he co-chairs the Legislature's joint budget committee. In 2017, he sponsored the Reproductive Health Equity Act, the Oregon Vision Screening Act and a bill to establish the Willamette Falls Locks Commission.

"I'm proud of what I've accomplished," he said Friday, "but I think one of my underlying characteristics is to never be satisfied — always believing that I can do more."

Devlin represents Senate District 19, which includes Lake Oswego, Tualatin, West Linn, major portions of southwest Portland, Durham, Rivergrove and the Stafford area. Candidates have until March 6 to file for the May 2018 election.

— The Review

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