- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Rep. Val Hoyle says she won’t seek another term as House majority leader so she can explore a run for secretary of state.

The Eugene Democrat made the announcement in an email to supporters on Tuesday, a day after lawmakers finished the 2015 legislative session.

Hoyle has been the No. 2 Democrat in the House behind Speaker Tina Kotek since 2013. As majority leader, she’s responsible for raising money and recruiting Democrats to run for the House.

Current Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins was appointed in March to replace Kate Brown, who became governor after John Kitzhaber’s resignation. Atkins has said she won’t run for the office.

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