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Oregon Senate Republican Leader says he won't seek re-election

(Photo courtesy Senator Herman Baertschiger / Facebook)

Sen. Herman Baertschiger, R-Grants Pass, announced on Facebook that he would not run for another term.

Posted: Mar 10, 2020 4:47 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 5:08 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Republican lawmaker who most recently led resistance to Democrats' cap-and-trade legislation by taking his caucus out of the capitol says he will not run for re-election this year.

Senator Herman Baertschiger Jr., R-Grants Pass, was first elected to the Oregon Senate in 2012. He has been minority leader since the beginning of the fraught 2019 session.

"Many of you out there have heard that I'm not running again," Baertschiger said in a video posted to Facebook. "After eight years, it's time for me to return home to my family. I'd like to sleep in my own bed at home."

Baertschiger represents Oregon Senate District 2, which includes Josephine County and the northwestern section of Jackson County; encompassing Grants Pass, Rogue River, Central Point, White City, and Eagle Point. The district has swung Republican for decades, and Baertschiger ran unopposed in 2016.

"I will stay engaged in Oregon politics. I'll be continuing the fight, only through the grassroots organizations. I will continue to work with those people — you folks out there — to try to take this state back," Baertschiger said.

The Senate Republican walkout in 2019 ended with Democratic leaders conceding that they lacked the votes to pass cap-and-trade, even if Republicans were to return. The 2020 session also ended with the death of a cap-and-trade bill that Baertschiger has fervently opposed, but under different circumstances — with Democrats closing ranks and ending the session before Republicans even returned.

"I will stay engaged in Oregon politics. I'll be continuing the fight, only through the grassroots organizations. I will continue to work with those people — you folks out there — to try to take this state back," Baertschiger said.

On Tuesday, Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order aimed at enforcing the same carbon emissions standards that the cap-and-trade legislation would have accomplished.

Baertschiger responded to the executive action by calling Brown "Portland's Governor," saying that she was not listening the three-quarters of the state based on proclamations from a number of Oregon county commissioners that opposed the cap-and-trade bill.

This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will update the article with more details as they emerge.

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