- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives have elected a new majority leader.

Lawmakers on Thursday selected Rep. Jennifer Williamson of Southwest Portland for the No. 2 position in the House after Speaker Tina Kotek, also a Portland Democrat.

Williamson is a lawyer serving her second term in the Legislature.

She replaces Rep. Val Hoyle of Eugene, who gave up the job while she explores a run for secretary of state.

House Republicans this week re-elected Rep. Mike McLane of Powell Butte as the GOP leader.

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