Gary Leif selected to fill vacant District 2 seat in Oregon House

Leif was selected to replace Dallas Heard, who was selected to replace Jeff Kruse's seat after he stepped down.

Posted: Apr 30, 2018 5:54 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2018 6:13 PM

ROSEBURG, OR. -- Douglas County Commissioner Gary Leif has been selected to fill the vacant State Representative spot left by now-Senator Dallas Heard.

Douglas, Jackson, And Josephine County Commissioners picked him to fill Heard's seat as State Representative.

Heard is taking over for senator Jeff Kruse, after he resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.

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Leif was selected in a unanimous vote.

“This seat is sort of near and dear to me. I held it for six years. It’s very important work," said Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman. "Those of you who were willing to put your name down to serve in that role, it’s very much appreciated. To Gary, who I’m assuming will get to hear some of these comments, good luck.”

Leif will now have to meet with the Secretary of State and the House Republican Office to set a date to be sworn in, which must happen before May 17th.

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