How I Spent My Last Day in Office

Well what’s a last day in office look like when you’ve left earlier than you had originally planned? I have no experience in this so I’m just writing what happened and how I feel. This is a blog, and blogs are basically folks writing about their lives and their interests.

I started the day with emails from constituents of House District 25. I answered several and responded to the final newsletter that we sent out last night. At least 2 of the emails to my office were matters that needed to be finalized before I left. Though my replacement could have eventually helped them, I felt it was my responsibility and that I have the time in the Legislature to be able to take advantage of my relationships to help these folks.

I spent a little time saying goodbye to members of the House Republican caucus. It’s strange, only Rep. Greg Smith has been in the House Republican caucus longer than I have. Rep. Duane Stark and Rep. Cedric Hayden each came in the same year as I did….we are the “senior members” which tells you that there’s a LOT of turnover every 2 years. So saying goodbye to my fellow “Class of 2015” colleagues was bittersweet as well as those who’ve come since 2015.

Later in the day, I worked on a local story that I will write about later next week. If you want a teaser on it, go to the bottom right of the front page of my website and view the featured video on La Plata the ghost town. I can’t wait to tell “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say! It’s a GREAT story about people who care about history and the well being of the State of Nevada. So watch the video and be ready for the end of the story!

Lastly, I worked on helping with the nomination process for my replacement. I’ve met with (virtually) 3 candidates who will be filing soon for the position. I like all three of them and would be thrilled with any of them.

All in all, it’s been a good day but one that is filled with mixed emotions. I am so honored and humbled to have had the pleasure of serving Oregon in general and House District 25 specifically these last almost 7 years. I will miss some of it greatly and some not at all. I am linking my final Legislative newsletter here, in case you weren’t subscribed to it previously. Don’t hit the “subscribe” button as it will be no longer in existence tomorrow. (See if you think I’ve aged much in the 7 years! There are pictures to compare with.)

Tomorrow I will be announcing my new job and what role it has in Oregon. Stay tuned!

Final Newsletter

God bless you and I wish you a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!


  • Hoping and assuming the replacement will be republican?

    • Yes. That is state law. The Republican Precinct Committee Persons (PCP’s) from Marion and Yamhill Counties will meet on Thursday the 9th at 6pm in Keizer to choose 3-5 nominees. Those nominees then go before the County Commissioners of the two counties on Friday the 10th at 11am for them to choose the appointment.


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