McLane elected to lead Oregon House Republicans

McLane elected to lead Oregon House Republicans

Oregon House Republicans selected Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, Thursday to lead them during the 2013 legislative session.

"After regrouping from Tuesday's elections, House Republicans are united heading into the 2013 session," McLane said in a statement. "I'm excited and privileged to lead House Republicans into the next session. I'll work constructively with Democrats in the same spirit of bipartisanship that has delivered good results for Oregonians."

He will start his second term in January.

During the House split of 30 Republicans and 30 Democrats during the previous two sessions, Rep. Bruce Hanna, R-Roseburg, shared the co-speakership with Rep. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay.

Hanna decided not to seek a leadership position for the 2013 session because he wanted to allow new leaders in the House to emerge.

"It's been my honor to serve as Co-Speaker. I'm very proud of what the caucus and the entire Oregon House has accomplished under co-governance, and hope and expect that to continue into the next term," he said in a statement released by House Republicans. "After serving over six years in various leadership positions, I look forward to handing the reins to the new team.  I'm confident they will effectively lead our caucus into the next session and into the future."

For his part, Roblan will be moving to the Senate next session where he won a seat during Tuesday's election.

Republicans are now the minority in the House after Democrats won back the chamber in Tuesday's elections. Democrats won four Portland-area districts that were under Republican control. The Democrats will number 34 and Republicans 26.

Republicans also selected Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, as deputy Republican leader. She said Republicans will release an agenda soon that will focus on jobs, schools and state government accountability.

Additionally, Rep. Vicki Berger, R-Salem, will be the House Republican Whip.

Rep. Tina Kotek, D-Portland, is in a good position to be House Speaker after Roblan's move to the Senate and the Democrats' takeover of the House.

In the other wing of the building, Democrats held their slim majority, 16-14 after Tuesday's election.