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Doherty, who has served in Oregon House District 35 since 2009, said she'll finish the remainder of her term

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Margaret DohertyRep. Margaret Doherty, D-Tigard, announced on Friday, Jan. 3, that she would not seek re-election to the House seat she has held since 2009.

"This was a bittersweet decision to make but I think the time is right for me to step aside, allowing someone else to serve this incredible community," Doherty said in a news release. "I have loved every minute of my time in the Oregon House. We have accomplished so much good and made progress for every Oregonian. This was truly one of the greatest privileges of my life." 

Doherty is the longtime chair of the Oregon Legislature's House Committee on Education and a former chair of the House Committee on Business and Labor.

Doherty represents House District 35, which is based in Tigard but also includes parts of Beaverton and Southwest Portland. She is known in Salem as a strong ally of the teachers' union and an advocate for the business community in her district.

"Margaret Doherty is a larger-than-life personality in the Oregon House with admirers across the aisle," said House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner. "Her fierce advocacy for her community as well as public education here in Oregon will be sorely missed." 

Doherty spent the first 10 years of her career as a teacher at Milwaukie High School. For the following 22 years she was an advocate for teachers with the Oregon Education Association.

A longtime Tigard resident, she also served in countless community volunteer positions including the Tigard Planning Commission. Doherty will serve out the remainder of her term which ends in January 2021. 

"It has been such a distinct pleasure serving the people in HD 35," Doherty added on Tuesday. "I have accomplished many of my goals, particularly ensuring that schoolchildren are fed. I had been retired once, so I plan to continue to volunteer in my community and see more of the world."

This year's legislative session, which will be Doherty's last, begins on Feb. 3.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with more information on the retiring state representative.

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