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Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney announced that he is taking a medical leave of absense

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.PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney

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.

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