Oregon House of Representatives
The Oregon House of Representatives is the lower house of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. There are 60 members of the House, representing 60 districts across the state, each with a population of 65,000. The House meets at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.
Oregon House of Representatives
|Oregon Legislative Assembly|
New session started
|January 11, 2021|
Speaker pro Tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Article IV, Oregon Constitution|
|Salary||$21,612/year + per diem|
|November 3, 2020|
|November 8, 2022|
|House of Representatives Chamber|
Oregon State Capitol
|Oregon House of Representatives|
Members of the House serve two-year terms without term limits. In 2002, the Oregon Supreme Court struck down Oregon Ballot Measure 3 (1992), that had restricted State Representatives to three terms (six years) on procedural grounds.
- 1914: Marian B. Towne became the first woman elected to the Oregon House
- 1972: Bill McCoy became the first African American to serve in the House
- 1985: Margaret Carter became the first black woman elected to the House
- 1991: Gail Shibley became the first openly gay person to serve in the House
- 2021: Mike Nearman became the first person to be expelled from the Legislature
The Republican Party held the majority in the House for many years until the Democratic Party gained a majority following the 2006 elections. After losing several seats in the 2010 elections, resulting in a split control between both parties for one legislative term, Democrats regained their majority in the 2012 elections, and attained a supermajority (at least 60% of seats) in the 2018 elections. Meanwhile, the Oregon State Senate has been under continuous Democratic control since 2005 (with a Democratic supermajority beginning in 2019). On June 10, 2021, Republican Mike Nearman was expelled from the house by a 59–1 vote for intentionally letting armed protesters into the Oregon State Capitol to protest against health restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon.. This was the first time a member of the legislature has been expelled in the state's history.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|81st (2021–2022)||37||22 (23 elected, 1 expelled)||60||1|
|Latest voting share||62.7%||37.3%|
|Speaker of the House||Tina Kotek||44||Democratic||Portland (Kenton)|
|Speaker pro Tempore||Paul Holvey||8||Democratic||Eugene|
|Majority Leader||Barbara Smith Warner||45||Democratic||Portland (Rose City Park)|
|Majority Whip||Rob Nosse||42||Democratic||Portland (Brooklyn)|
|Deputy Majority Whip||Julie Fahey||14||Democratic||West Eugene|
|Minority Leader||Christine Drazan||39||Republican||Canby|
|Deputy Minority Leader||Daniel Bonham||59||Republican||The Dalles|
|Minority Whip||Kim Wallan||6||Republican||Medford|
Past composition of the House of RepresentativesEdit
- Representative was originally appointed.
- While seat is currently vacant, law requires vacancies be fullfilled by the same party
- Previous officeholder, Mike Nearman, expelled.
- "Oregon House Dems Elect Barbara Smith Warner as New Majority Leader". Willamette Week. July 7, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
- "House Republican ousted from leadership role says he won't seek re-election". OregonLive.com. September 17, 2019. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
- Green, Ashbel S.; Lisa Grace Lednicer (January 17, 2006). "State high court strikes term limits". Oregonian. Portland, Oregon: Oregonian Publishing. pp. A1.
- "Speakers of the House of Representatives of Oregon". Oregon Blue Book. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
- Peterson, Danny; Balick, Lisa (January 7, 2021). "Kotek: GOP's Nearman let right-wing protesters into Capitol". KOIN. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
- Borrud, Hillary (January 7, 2021). "Oregon Rep. Mike Nearman let right-wing protesters into the Oregon Capitol last month". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
- VanderHart, Dirk (June 10, 2021). "Oregon House expels state Rep. Mike Nearman, plotter of Capitol incursion". www.opb.org. Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved June 10, 2021.