Former Rep. Vic Gilliam dies
Former Oregon House District Representative Vic Gilliam has died, according to a news release from the Senate Republicans office.
From 2007 to 2017, Gilliam was a Republican representative of House District 18, which includes residents of Woodburn east of Highway 99E, along with Hubbard, Aurora, Mount Angel, Molalla and Silverton, stretching east to the Cascade Mountains.
"I had the privilege and honor to work closely with Vic in the Legislature, as he fiercely represented part of my district," Oregon Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod, R-Stayton, said in a statement. "Never one to back down from a challenge, Vic had a heart for service and was dedicated to all Oregonians. His famous smile and good nature earned him friends across the state, and he will be forever missed by me and many others. My heart goes out to his family during this time."
Gilliam first took office in January 2007 when he was appointed to replace Republican Rep. Mac Sumner, who resigned in November 2006 due to health reasons. Gilliam was reelected in 2008 and served five consecutive terms.
In November 2015, Gilliam announced he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Gilliam pledged to serve in the Oregon House for as long as his health would allow and was reelected to his fifth term in 2016 before ultimately stepping down for health reasons on Feb. 1, 2017.
He was preceded by former Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis, who was appointed to the position on Feb. 22, 2017, and reelected in 2018.
Gilliam, 66, was born in Ohio and received a bachelor of arts degree from Warner Pacific College in 1975, followed by a master's in education from the University of South Carolina in 1982.
Gilliam worked as a legislative aide to former U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield. He was a part-time actor and a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
He leaves behind a wife, Becky, and two daughters.
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