Current State Representative running for open seat in November’s election

May 18, 2010

Contact: Molly Woon (503) 367-4327

Tonight’s election results made official that Oregon Representative Brent Barton (D-Clackamas) will be the Democratic nominee to replace retiring Senator Rick Metsger (D-Welches). Barton and his supporters celebrated the milestone as an important step on their campaign to win in November.

“Strong returns throughout this district show how our hard work is paying off,” said Barton. “I’ve been on doorsteps from Clackamas to Hood River talking to voters about the things that matter: creating jobs, protecting our schools, and supporting small businesses. I’m excited, we’re building real momentum, and we’re going to make Oregon a better place to live, and I look forward to earning the right to represent Senate District 26.”

Senate Majority Leader Richard Devlin commended Barton for his hard work in and outside the Capitol.

“Brent Barton fights to make life better for Oregon’s hard-working families,” said Devlin. “His presence changed Salem for the better. He got things done. He created jobs. We need leaders like Brent to help small business and protect school funding. Brent Barton is the tireless advocate we need to get our state working."

A third generation Oregonian, Brent Barton is a lawyer specializing in complex business problems and dispute resolution. Barton earned his bachelor’s from Stanford and his law degree from Harvard. He has represented House District 51 since 2008 and serves on the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. Barton volunteers to teach government and law in high school classrooms and serves on the board for the Oregon Bus Project.

For more information on Brent Barton, visit

SALEM, Oregon