Sen. Kim Thatcher — Dist. 11


Representative Kim Thatcher
State Sen. Kim Thatcher Photo courtesy of the Oregon Legislature

With the retirement of long-serving Sen. Peter Courtney, Senate District 11 was thrown wide open. Redistricting made Sen. Kim Thatcher a resident of SD 11. When Democrats misplayed their primary and had to resort to having district PCPs choose their candidate, she became the odds-on favorite, even with a moderately-strong Democrat advantage. She prevailed with a comfortable 52%-47% victory.

For the 82nd Legislative Assembly, Sen. Thatcher will be nearly indispensable, serving on six committees, two as Vice-Chair. She returns to the Senate Committee On Judiciary, on which she will be Vice-Chair. She will also serve as Vice-Chair for the Senate Committee On Veterans, Emergency Management, Federal and World Affairs. She will join Marion County Republicans Rep. Kevin Mannix on the Joint Committee On Information Management and Technology and Rep. Jami Cate on the Joint Committee On Legislative Audits and the Joint Committee On Legislative Policy and Research. Finally, she will serve on the new Joint Committee On Legislative Counsel, which includes the Senate President, Speaker of the House, and the leaders of the four party caucuses.

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