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Sen. Fred Girod first won election to the Oregon Legislature (House of Representatives) in 1992. Following that single term, he did not return to the statehouse until 2007. He was appointed to complete the last few months of Sen. Roger Beyer's term in 2008 and won election that November. He easily won re-election in 2020 to his fourth term in the Senate, garnering 67% of the vote. Given that the two House districts comprising Senate District 9 are staunchly Republican, such an overwhelming vote result should not surprise.
His seniority was honored this last year when, whether he really wanted it or not, the Republican caucus elected him to lead them. Along with his House counterpart, Rep. Christine Drazan, he has forcefully fought against and exposed dangerous Democrat policies, including two successful walkouts that prevented quorum. Unfortunately, the 2020 elections failed to break the Democrat super-majority.
His role as Senate Republican Leader places Sen. Girod on the Senate Committee on Rules as Vice-Chair and he will be Co-Vice-Chair the Joint Committee on Ways & Means as well as its Sub-Committee on Capital Construction, on which he has served since coming to the Senate in 2008. He will also be an alternate member of both the Senate and Joint Committee on Conduct, stepping in when another Member must be absent.
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