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Sen. Denyc Boles can boast a Republican Party pedigree unmatched by any other. Her mother, the late Cheryl Mesdag, was treasurer and later chaired the Marion County Republican Central Committee in the 1990s. Denyc followed in her mother's footsteps to chair the party in the early 00s. For much of Kevin Cameron's legislative stint Denyc served as his office manager, further whetting her appetite to serve in public office. When Rep. Jodi Hack opted to leave the legislature following the 2017 long session, Denyc was selected by the Marion County Commissioners over two other candidates to serve the remainder of the term. When Sen. Jackie Winters passed away in May, 2019, Denyc was again selected by the commissioners to succeed her. Because the late Sen. Winters had been re-elected in 2018, Denyc will face voters in 2020 to finish out the four-year term and then again in 2022 should she desire a full term.
Denyc is a native of Salem and District 10, living in the home in which she grew up now with her husband. She graduated from Sprague High School, earned a Bachelor's degree in political science and sociology at Seattle Pacific University and a Master's degree in public policy at Regent University in Virginia.
Upon being sworn in as a new senator for the 80th Legislative Assembly, Rep. Boles was appointed to serve on two Senate committees and two joint committees: Vice-Chair of the Senate Mental Health Committee, Member of (Joint) Ways and Means (with appointment to its Public Safety subcommittee), the Joint I-5 Bridge Committee, and the Senate Housing and Development Committee.
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