After six years in the Oregon House of Representatives serving House District 25, which stretches from Newberg to St. Paul and Keizer, state Rep. Bill Post (R) has announced he will not seek re-election in 2022.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve House District 25 for the last six years," Post said in a press release. "When I was a radio talk show host, I often spoke of my desire for term limits on elected persons but always as 'self-imposed' by those officials. I don't believe the writers of our Oregon Constitution intended for 'citizen legislators' to stay in office for years and years, but rather to let the next citizen step up and serve. I look forward to the next chapter in my own family's life and in the future of this state."
Post will finish out the remainder of his term and make way for a successor to be elected the same year. He will take part in the redistricting process before leaving office, and the boundaries of the district could change significantly before he departs.
During his time in the Legislature, Post served on the House committees on Agriculture and Land Use, Energy and Natural Resources, Business and Labor, and Wildfire. He also participated in the joint committee on Information Management and Technology and was the assistant deputy leader for the House Republican Caucus.
Post highlighted his accomplishments during his tenure, including helping secure $1.25 million for the Chehalem Cultural Center, $32 million for the Newberg-Dundee bypass, $696,000 for a water system in St. Paul and $400,000 for the city of Newberg.
A fiery and at times combative legislator, Post was an outspoken presence on social media and took up a number of traditionally conservative causes such as veteran's issues, agriculture and farmers, cutting regulations on small businesses and supporting local law enforcement entities.
Sept. 9 was the first day of filing for candidates who may seek to replace Post in a district that has yet to be redrawn.
"I still feel there is much work to be done at the Legislature, so it is with mixed emotions that I make this announcement," Post said. "I am very grateful for the support I've received from the community and the relationships that have been built while serving Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg."
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