Vial, an attorney, was chief sponsor a bill that waived extra graduation requirements for homeless and foster students.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Rich Vial, shown here in August at a town hall meeting in Sherwood, has filed for re-election to Oregon House District 26.Oregon House Rep. Rich Vial has filed for re-election, saying he was inspired to continue in Salem because of all that he learned during his first term.

Vial represents House District 26, which includes Scholls, Sherwood, parts of Wilsonville, King City, Tigard, Beaverton, Aloha, and Hillsboro.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the people of House District 26," Vial said in a news release. "During the 2016 campaign, voters were particularly concerned about our state's education and transportation systems. While we made contributions in both of these areas during the 2017 legislative session, a great deal more work is required. That is why I am proud to announce that I will be seeking re-election in 2018."

During the 2017 legislative session, Vial served as chief sponsor for House Bill 3267, which requires school districts and public charter schools to waive extra graduation requirements for foster, homeless, and runaway students, helping them to earn their high school diplomas.

In addition, he helped to craft House Bill 2017, the $5.3 billion transportation package that will be used to fix Oregon's crumbling roads and bridges, address congestion, and invest in transit and multimodal projects around the state. Vial also served as chief sponsor for Senate Bill 754, which raises the minimum legal sale age of tobacco to 21 years, saving billions of taxpayer dollars and the lives of Oregonians, he said.

Vial currently serves as chairman of the Washington County Planning Commission and is a member of the Clean Water Services Advisory Commission. In the past, he has served as chairman of both the Groner School Board and Washington County Fair Board. He has spent 35 years building a multi-state law practice that focuses on real estate and land use issues, with a special expertise in community associations.

Vial and his wife of 42 years, Paula, live in the farming community of Scholls with their large and diverse family, where they produce table grapes for many of the Portland-metropolitan area's public schools.

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