Courtney steps away from legislature
Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney announced Tuesday that he will take a 10-day medical leave of absence from the legislature.
Courtney, whose district includes Woodburn, Gervais and much of Salem, is the longest serving senate president in Oregon history.
Courtney announced his leave in an email sent to senators Tuesday morning, stating:
"Under the advice of my doctors, I am taking a medical leave of absence for 10 days. Senate President Laurie Monnes Anderson will manage the daily operations of the Senate until my return. Margie and I appreciate your patience and understanding during my recuperation. I look forward to returning to returning to the Senate in full health and continuing our work together this session."
Courtney, 75, is a Democrat and has served in the senate for 32 years. He was first elected senate president in 2003.