Oregon legislature will see unusual turnover next year
When the new Oregon House takes office on Jan. 9, 2023, at least a third of its 60 members either will be new or serving their first full terms after their initial appointments.
In contrast, the Oregon Senate will lose its most senior member — Democrat Peter Courtney of Salem, who is retiring after 24 years, 20 of them as its presiding officer, and 14 previous years in the House — but turnover is not expected to be quite as drastic.
When filings closed Tuesday, March 8, for the May 17 party primaries, nearly two-thirds of the representatives filed for re-election — though some are running in new districts as a result of redrawing after the 2020 Census — but 20 seats were open.
The most recent record for turnover was set after the 1998 election, when legislative term limits then in effect kicked in, and the House seated 25 new members. (One other new member had served previously, and a second came over from the Senate). That mark was exceeded only in 1973, after Oregon went to single-member legislative districts, resulting in 28 new members.
The Supreme Court tossed out legislative term limits in 2002.
Of the departing representatives:
• Six are running for the Senate: Republicans Daniel Bonham of The Dalles, Cedric Hayden of Fall Creek, Raquel Moore-Green of Salem and Suzanne Weber of Tillamook, plus Democrats Wlnsvey Campos of Aloha and Mark Meek of Gladstone,.
• Three are running for the new 6th District seat in the U.S. House: Democrats Teresa Alonso Leon of Woodburn and Andrea Salinas of Lake Oswego, and Republican Ron Noble of Carlton.
• Nine are retiring: Democrats Karin Power of Milwaukie, Rachel Prusak of West Linn, Jeff Reardon of Happy Valley, Sheri Schouten of Beaverton, Barbara Smith Warner of Portland, Marty Wilde of Eugene and Anna Williams of Hood River, plus Republicans Duane Stark of Grants Pass and Jack Zika of Redmond.
• Two interim appointees, Republican Jessica George of Keizer and Democrat Chris Hoy of Salem, chose not to run. The other six are seeking full terms of their own.
The current lineup is 37 Democrats and 23 Republicans.
The Senate will not see quite the same turnover as the House, although there are notable departures.
Courtney is retiring after 24 years, plus 14 years in the House, for a record 38 years overall. Democrat Lee Beyer of Springfield racked up almost 15 years — 12 of them in his current stint — plus another seven years in the House. Republican Chuck Thomsen of Hood River is leaving after 12 years.
The appointed successors to Democrats Ginny Burdick of Portland and Betsy Johnson of Scappoose — both of whom resigned last year — chose not to seek full terms.
Eight Democratic incumbents, including appointee Janeen Sollman of Hillsboro, and two Republican incumbents are seeking re-election.
Democrat Deb Patterson of Salem edged a Republican appointee in 2020, and she faces Republican Rep. Raquel Moore-Green.
Republican Kim Thatcher of Keizer is running in a district redrawn to take in more of Democratic areas of Salem. Republican Bill Kennemer of Oregon City had been in the Senate 10 years and in the House 10 years before he filled the seat vacated by Alan Olsen of Canby, who moved out of state. He faces Democratic Rep. Mark Meek of Gladstone.
Also considered a key race for Senate control is the contest for Johnson's open seat, which extends to the north coast.
Six Democrats and eight Republicans, plus the lone independent, are in the middle of their four-year terms.
The current lineup is 18 Democrats, 11 Republicans and one independent.
Filings for metro area legislative seats are below, listed by district.
(Four-year terms, except where indicated; not all districts are up this cycle)
District 13(Wilsonville, Sherwood, Tigard)
Republican: John Velez, Sherwood. This redrawn district excludes the home community of the incumbent, Kim Thatcher of Keizer, who is running in District 11.
Democrats (2): Chelsea King, Aaron Woods, both from Wilsonville.
District 15(Hillsboro, Cornelius, Forest Grove)
Democrat: Janeen Sollman, Hillsboro, appointed incumbent, seeking full term.
Republican: Carolina Malmedal, Hillsboro.
District 16(Parts of Washington and Multnomah counties; Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties)
Democrat: Melissa Busch, Warren. Rachel Armitage, the appointed incumbent from Warren, is not seeking a full term.
Republican: Suzanne Weber, Tillamook.
District 17(Northwest Portland, Beaverton)
Democrat: Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Beaverton, incumbent since 2013.
Republican: John Verbeek, Bonny Slope.
District 18(Two-year term; Aloha, Beaverton)
Democrats (2): Alisa Blum, Beaverton; Wlnsvey Campos, Aloha. This district has been redrawn to be wholly within Washington County. Akasha Lawrence Spence, the appointed incumbent, is running for Portland city commissioner.
Republican: Kimberly Rice, Beaverton.
District 19 (Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin)
Democrat: Rob Wagner, Lake Oswego, incumbent since 2018.
Republicans (2): Ben Edtl, Tualatin; Wendy O'Riley, Tualatin.
District 20(Oregon City, Gladstone, Happy Valley)
Republicans (3): Bill Kennemer, Oregon City, appointed incumbent since 2021, also served in Senate 1987-97, House 2009-19; Tim Large, Gladstone; Christopher Morrisette, Oak Grove.
Democrat: Mark Meek, Gladstone.
District 24(East Portland, Damascus)
Democrat: Kayse Jama, Portland, appointed incumbent since 2021.
Republican: Stan Catherman, Damascus.
District 26(Parts of Clackamas, Multnomah and Wasco counties, including Sandy and Canby; Hood River County)
Republicans (3): Daniel Bonham, The Dalles; Steve Bates, Boring; Michael Nugent, Corbett. Republican incumbent Chuck Thomsen of Hood River is not seeking re-election.
Democrat: Raz Mason, The Dalles.
Democrat: Ben Bowman, Tigard.
Republicans (2); Gabriel Buehler, Bob Niemeyer, both from Tigard.
District 26(Wilsonville, Sherwood)
Democrat: Courtney Neron, Wilsonville, incumbent, seeking third term.
Republicans (2): Jason Fields, Newberg; Glenn Lancaster, Wilsonville.
Democrats (2): Ken Helm, Beaverton, incumbent, seeking fifth term; Tammy Carpenter, Beaverton.
Republican: Sandra Nelson, Beaverton.
District 28(Parts of Washington and Multnomah counties)
Democrat: Dacia Grayber, Portland, incumbent, seeking second term.
Republicans (2): Patrick Castles, Portland; Charles Mengis, Portland.
District 29(Forest Grove, Cornelius; part of Hillsboro)
Democrat: Susan McLain, Forest Grove, incumbent, seeking fifth term.
Republican: Gina Munster-Moore, Hillsboro.
Democrat: Nathan Sosa, Hillsboro, appointed incumbent, seeking full term.
Republicans (2): Joe Everton, Todd Morrill, both from Hillsboro.
District 31(Columbia County; parts of Washington and Multnomah counties)
Democrat: Anthony Sorace, Scappoose. The incumbent, Brad Witt, is running in a Salem district.
Republicans (2): Drew Layda, Portland; Brian Stout, Columbia City.
District 33(Northwest Portland)
Democrat: Maxine Dexter, Portland, incumbent, seeking second term.
Republican: Stan Baumhofer, Portland.
District 34(Beaverton area)
Democrats (2): Lisa Reynolds, Beaverton, incumbent, seeking second term; Jennifer Kinzey, Portland,
Republican: John Woods, Beaverton.
District 35(Beaverton, Aloha)
Democrats (2): Farrah Chaichi, Aloha; Zeloszelos Marchandt, Beaverton. The incumbent, Wlnsvey Campos, is running for the Senate.
Republican: Daniel Martin, Beaverton.
Democrat: Hai Pham, Hillsboro.
Republican: Jeffrey Hindley, Beaverton.
District 37(West Linn)
Democrat: Jules Walters, West Linn. The incumbent, Rachel Prusak, is not seeking re-election.
Republican: Aeric Estep, West Linn.
District 38(Lake Oswego)
Democrats (2): Neelam Gupta, Daniel Nguyen, both from Lake Oswego. The incumbent, Andrea Salinas, is running for the U.S. House.
Republican: Alastair Firman, Lake Oswego.
District 39(Happy Valley, Clackamas)
Democrat: Janelle Bynum of Happy Valley, incumbent, seeking fourth term.
Republican: Kori Haynes, Clackamas.
District 40(Oregon City, Gladstone)
Democrats (3): James Farley, Oregon City; Charles Gallia, Oregon City; Annessa Hartman, Gladstone. The incumbent, Mark Meek, is running for the Senate.
Republicans (2): Adam Baker; Daniel Tooze Sr., both from Oregon City.
Democrats (3): Kaliko Castille, Milwaukie; Christopher Draus, Southeast Portland; Mark Gamba, Milwaukie. The incumbent, Karin Power is not seeking re-election.
Republicans (3): Bob "Elvis" Clark, Rene Gomez, Rob Reynolds, all from Milwaukie.
District 42(Southeast Portland)
Democrat: Rob Nosse, Southeast Portland, incumbent, seeking fifth term.
Republican: Scott Trahan, Southeast Portland.
District 43(Northeast Portland)
Democrat: Tawna Sanchez, Northeast Portland, incumbent, seeking fourth term.
Republican: Tim LeMaster, Northeast Portland.
District 44(North Portland)
Democrats (2): Travis Nelson, appointed incumbent, seeking full term; Eric Delehoy, both from North Portland.
Republican: None filed.
District 45(Northeast Portland)
Democrats (2): Catherine Thomasson, Thuy Tran, both from Northeast Portland. The incumbent, Barbara Smith Warner, is not seeking re-election.
Republican: None filed.
District 46(Southeast Portland)
Democrat: Khanh Pham, Southeast Portland, incumbent, seeking second term.
Republican: Timothy Sytsma, Southeast Portland.
District 47(East Portland)
Democrat: Andrea Valderrama, East Portland, appointed incumbent, seeking full term.
Republican: None filed.
District 48(Southeast Portland, Damascus)
Democrat: Hoa Nguyen, Southeast Portland. The incumbent, Jeff Reardon, is not seeking re-election.
Republican: John Masterman, Damascus.
Democrat: Zach Hudson, Troutdale, incumbent, seeking second term.
Republican: Randy Lauer, Troutdale.
Democrat: Ricky Ruiz, Gresham, incumbent, seeking second term.
Republican: Amelia Salvador, both from Gresham.
District 51(Canby, Sandy)
Republicans (2): James Hieb, Canby, appointed incumbent, seeking full term; Lisa Davidson, Oregon City.
Democrat: Walt Trandum, Sandy.
District 52(Hood River; The Dalles)
Democrat: Darcy Long, The Dalles. The incumbent, Anna Williams, is not seeking re-election.
Republicans (3): James Born, Welches; Jeff Helfrich, Hood River; Britt Storkson, The Dalles.
NOTE: Adds Senate Districts 13 and 15, which were omitted from the initial listing. Adds more precise descriptions for the newly drawn districts. Corrects listing errors. Updates with a few candidates dropping out by Thursday deadline.
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