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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Lake Oswego’s Sen. Wagner Chosen as Majority Leader

Congratulations to Clackamas County State Senator Rob Wagner of Lake Oswego upon being elected Senate Majority Leader in the Oregon legislature.
Rob Wagner
Wagner succeeds State Sen. Ginny Burdick (whose 18th district has one precinct located in Clackamas County). She announced prior to the primary that she would step down after the election.
Senator Wagner’s new role finds him responsible for maintaining or increasing the number of Democrats in the Senate and, when the body in session, coordinating tactics with the Senate President (Peter Courtney) and Democratic committee chairs.
The added duties bring a modest increase in his annual legislative salary (currently $31,300 annually) and will require him to spend more time in Salem. Also an elected Lake Oswego School Board member, Wagner may consider stepping down from that post.
Two former Senate Majority Leaders have gone on to state-wide office. Bill Bradbury also served a session as Senate President and was appointed Secretary of State by Governor John Kitzhaber in 1999 and then won two terms by election.  Current Governor Kate Brown was Secretary of State and rose to Governor upon Kitzhaber’s resignation five years ago.