With the anticipated resignation of Rep. Vic Gilliam becoming effective on 1 February 2017, the Marion and Clackamas County Republican PCPs stepped up to nominate three individuals to present to the commissioners of the two counties for appointment to fulfill the term. From the field of seven, including former Representative and Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith, the PCPs chose three: Glenn Holum of Hubbard, Mayor Rick Lewis of Silverton, and Jerome Rosa of Gervais. The commissioners, meeting together in Mt. Angel on 21 February tapped Mayor Lewis; he was sworn in and took office the next day on the House floor in the Capitol.
Rep. Lewis comes to his new role packing over a decade of local government experience, primarily in law enforcement. He had just been re-elected to his second term as Mayor of Silverton in November. He had unseated Stu Rasmussen in 2014 in his first try at public elective office. He had served the city as its city manager for eight months (2011-12) and its chief of police (2008-2012); he had previously served as police chief in Bandon, OR for two years (2006-08).
For his first session Rep. Lewis will join fellow Marion County Republican Sen Fred Girod on the Joint Committee on Ways & Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources. He will also team up with Marion County Republican Rep. Bill Post on the House Committee on Economic Development & Trade and the House Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness. His many years as a police chief should provide him with special insight into legislation that comes before the latter committee.
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