Oregon Legislature likely to take new direction

Oregon Legislature likely to take new direction
This Feb. 1, 2012, photo shows the Oregon Pioneer statue atop the Oregon State Capitol, in Salem, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Democrats are on track to pick up four seats for a 34-26 majority in the House.

The Democrats' 16-14 edge in the Senate is unchanged after Tuesday's election.

If the numbers hold, Republicans will lose the power they had to block Democratic legislation and exert their influence over state budget decisions.

House Democratic leader Tina Kotek is likely to be the next House speaker. She said she wasn't ready to talk about specific legislation her party will seek, but mentioned affordable housing and more school funding.

Republican leader Andy Olson of Albany is challenging House Democrats to "step across the aisle and to seek that working relationship."

Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber says he looks forward to sitting down with the leadership of both parties.