After their spectacular election victories ushering a renewed take over of the Oregon House, Democrats elected Tina Kotek of Portland to be the new House Speaker. Representative Val Hoyle of Eugene defeated Tobias Read of Hillsboro for the Majority Leader position. Read was later elected as Majority Whip.
Kotek was key to the team that engineered a 4 seat pick up for the House Dems. Pickups included 2 key seats in Washington County, leaving Senator Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) as the lone cheese GOPer in the county delegation.
Rep. Chris Garrett of Lake Oswego will be the speaker pro tempore.