Oregon Lawmakers Look Ahead After Contentious Election

Nov 7, 2012

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will have Democratic majorities in both chambers of the legislature next year. That’s the first time that’s happened during his three terms in office.

In the House, Democrats broke an unprecedented 30-30 tie by knocking off four incumbent Republicans in Tuesday night's election.

Hillsboro Democrat Ben Unger took one of those seats. He says even with a majority, Democrats will continue to work with Republicans.

"Hopefully we can have a spirit of bipartisanship that also has an ethic of progress. And if we can do that, then I think the 2013 session will be one to remember."

In the Oregon Senate, Democrats held onto their narrow majority. Gov. Kitzhaber has said little about the election so far, but Tweeted that he looks forward to sitting down with leaders of both parties.

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