Two senators take leave of the chamber
The Oregon Senate said goodbye to two Senators last week.
Senators recognized Alan DeBoer, R-Ashland, and Sen. Rod Monroe, D-Portland, for their public service in a series of speeches on Friday.
DeBoer is leaving the Senate after two years, but is not leaving public service. He has held various positions in public life, including mayor of Ashland.
Republican Jessica Gomez, an aide to DeBoer and CEO of Rogue Valley Microdevices, lost to Democrat Jeff Golden in November. Golden, at DeBoer's invitation, joined him on the Senate floor last Friday when senators convened.
Monroe is leaving after losing the Democratic primary to Shemia Fagan, a lawyer and former state representative who then coasted to a general election victory in November.
Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, said Monroe, who has also served on the Metro Council and the David Douglas School Board, offered to serve on state boards and commissions in the future.