When the Legislature comes back to the Capitol in January, Republicans will hand over a majority they've held in the Assembly for 14 years. On Monday, outgoing Speaker Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem) told members of the Republican caucus that they should be proud of the legacy they've left behind at the Capitol.
Huebsch says Republicans have fought to improve education in the state and to prevent tax increases.
The West Salem Republican will remain in the legislature, but did not seek a leadership position within the caucus. He told Republican lawmakers and their staff on Monday that his past two years as Speaker has been the most enjoyable opportunity of his professional career.
Republicans went from 52 to 46 seats in the Assembly after the last election.