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    Jennifer Williamson named Oregon House Majority Leader

    SALEM — House Democrats selected Rep. Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, as the chamber’s majority leader Thursday.

    Williamson, whose district includes portions of Southwest and Northwest Portland, replaces Rep. Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, who’s stepping down to explore a run for secretary of state.

    “In the 2015 session, we delivered on our promise to improve the lives of Oregon families and level the playing field for working people,” Williamson said in a statement. “But we still have a lot of work to do to meet the needs of those who continue to be left behind by the economic recovery.”

    The majority leader is considered the House’s second-highest ranking member — the speaker being the first — and is in charge of corralling votes for Democratic causes.

    Reps. Tina Kotek, D-Portland, and Tobias Read, D-Beaverton, were selected House speaker and House speaker pro tem as the start of the 2015 session. Read announced his candidacy for state treasurer.

    Source: Oregon Live

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