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Rep. McLane to lead House GOP again

Republicans lose one seat in election; nine of 25 are newcomers, but one served previously.

Rep. Mike McLane of Powell Butte will return for a second cycle as Republican leader of the Oregon House.

McLane, 49, is a lawyer who was first elected to the House in 2010. He became leader in 2012, after Republicans lost four seats and Democrats regained a majority in what had been a 30-30 House.

The 25 Republicans will include nine newcomers, although one of them is Rep. Carl Wilson of Grants Pass, who served from 1998 to 2003. Wilson will become deputy leader.

The whip will be Rep. Sherrie Sprenger of Scio, who has been in the House since 2008.

Assistant leaders are Reps. Cliff Bentz of Ontario, John Davis of Wilsonville, and Gene Whisnant of Sunriver.

New Republicans for 2013-15 in addition to Wilson are Greg Barreto of Cove, Knute Buehler of Bend, Jodi Hack of Salem, Cedric Ross Hayden of Fall Creek, Dallas Heard of Roseburg, Mike Nearman of Dallas, Bill Post of Keizer, and Duane Stark of Grants Pass. All are replacing Republicans who chose not to run for re-election except for Nearman, who ousted three-term Rep. Jim Thompson of Dallas in the May 20 primary.

Republicans lost one seat in Tuesday’s election, when voters chose Democrat Paul Evans of Monmouth for the District 20 seat vacated by six-term Republican Vicki Berger of Salem.


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