State Sen. Jackie Dingfelder will resign from the Oregon Legislature to work for Mayor Charlie Hales.

The Mayor's Office sent out the following press release Wednesday afternoon about the Portland Democrat:

"Gail Shibley, Chief of Staff for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, announced today that State Senator Jackie Dingfelder will be stepping down from her elected role to join the Mayor’s staff as a senior Policy Director.

"Senator Dingfelder has represented Portlanders in the Oregon Legislature since 2001. In 2008, she was elected to the Oregon Sate Senate for District 23, which includes portions of NE and SE Portland and Maywood Park. While in the Senate, Dingfelder chaired the Senate Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources. She also served on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Ways and Means Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources. In 2011, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters named her the Environmental Champion of the Year. She was also one of only eight state legislators to receive a perfect score of 100% on the OLCV’s issues scorecard.

"Senator Dingfelder holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography-Ecosystems Management from the University of California, Los Angeles; a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina; and is currently a PhD candidate at Portland State University, Hatfield School of Government.

"'I am delighted that Senator Dingfelder is joining my team,' said Mayor Charlie Hales. “She brings a diverse portfolio of academic and professional expertise to us on sustainability, planning, social justice, and environmental issues. Her political and policy background will be a huge asset for us and for the city. Soon all of Portland will know what District 23 already knows about her effectiveness!'

"Senator Dingfelder is stepping down from the Senate to accept her new role.

"'I have been privileged to serve Northeast and Southeast Portland for many years. However, now, I look forward to bringing my skills to all the people of Portland,' she said.

"Senator Dingfelder’s first day in City Hall will be November 4, 2013."

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