Much has been written, discussed, opined, and debated about  the 11 Oregon Senate Republicans who made the decision to leave, denying the Senate a quorum for nine days.

Since I was one of what became known as the “Oregon 11”, I want to explain why I did what I did, and as I have tried to do with every decision I have ever made as an elected official. It is also important to explain the events leading up to that decision.

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