Rep. Bill Post — District 25

 

Representative Bill Post
State Rep. Bill Post
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"Flirtin' with disaster ev'ry day!..." So declared the theme song for his Bill Post Radio Show (the site has been taken down for now), first on AM1430-KYKN and later on the Internet over his (short-lived) radio network. Through the show he befriended many Republican legislators and other leaders and obviously stoked, what up to that time had been latent, desire to do politics. When State Senator Larry George (R - Dist. 13) announced his intent to retire from the legislature and State Representative Kim Thatcher announced her intent to run for his seat, it did not take Rep. Post long to seize his opportunity.

With Rep. Thatcher's enthusiastic endorsement — and frequent joint campaign events in District 25 — Rep. Post quite comfortably won both an unexpected primary challenge and the general election against a fairly well-known Democrat-in-Independent-Party-of-Oregon-garb opponent. This was actually the second time in six years that the Democrats did not field a candidate in this district; this in spite of the fact that it was an open seat that year. In 2016, as the incumbent, Rep. Post easily defeated his Democrat opponent by slightly more than 8,000 votes, the largest margin of victory of any Marion County legislative race.

For the 78th Legislative Assembly (2015-16) Rep. Post joined fellow Marion County Republicans Rep. Vic Gilliam on the House Committee on Rural Communities, Land Use, and Water (as Vice-Chair) and Rep. Sherrie Sprenger on the Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Post will retain his seat on the House Committee on the Judiciary during the 79th Legislative Assembly but will move to the House Committee on Economic Development and Trade along with a new assignment to the House Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness.

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