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Rep. Bentz to move to Senate

Bentz has been appointed to represent Oregon's largest geographic Senate district, succeeding former Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day.

PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-OntarioRep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, has been appointed to succeed former Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli in the largest geographic district in the Oregon Senate.

"The Senate Republicans are excited to welcome Representative Bentz to our caucus, " said Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, in a statement. "Rep. Bentz will be a tremendous addition to our team, and I look forward to working with him in the sessions to come."

Bentz has served in the Oregon House of Representatives since 2008, and is a rancher, farmer and attorney.

He has made friends in both parties and was an author of a $5.3 billion transportation-funding bill passed last year.

He was appointed by the leadership of counties Baker, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lake and Wasco, Grant, Harney, Malheur and Wheeler and will represent those counties, along with parts of Clackamas and Marion counties.

He will serve out the remainder of Ferrioli's term, which expires in 2020.

Ferrioli resigned after being appointed to the Northwest Power & Conservation Council by Gov. Kate Brown. Senate District 30 includes all or part of Baker, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lake, Wasco, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Wheeler, Clackamas, and Marion Counties. It is the largest Senate District the state.