Manning to Seek Full Term in Oregon Senate

September 7, 2017

Senator James I. Manning Jr. announced he will seek election to a full term in the Oregon Senate and officially filed to run today.

“It has been my honor to serve the people of Eugene and Junction City over the past year, and I am motivated to continue my service to give our communities an effective leader in the Legislature,” said Manning. “I will keep fighting for them by passing bills to help struggling Oregonians and making sure Lane County gets a fair shake from the Legislature.”

After the resignation of former Senator Chris Edwards, the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Manning to fill the remainder of Edwards’ Senate term through 2018. In the 2017 Session, Senator Manning fought to keep the Junction City Hospital open and secured state funding for many local projects that will create good-paying jobs, such as the Knight Science Campus, the Civic Stadium rebuild, and a health care facility for Lane Community College. He serves as Co-Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government.

Senator Manning's professional and community service includes roles as a state corrections officer, and later as a police officer prior to enlisting into the United States Army, where he served in an array of senior leadership positions including Drill Sergeant, Assistant Inspector General, and detachment Sergeant Major. After retiring from the U.S. Army in 2007, James and his wife Lawanda moved to Eugene where he continues to volunteer his time and unique talents serving his community on several nonprofits, local, and state boards and commissions.

“I am committed to improving our public schools, providing access to affordable health care, and making Oregon an inclusive and supportive place,” said Manning. “Working together with the people of District 7, we can make a difference for our communities and the whole state.”

Senator Manning serves District 7 in the Oregon State Senate, which includes Junction City, parts of Eugene, Santa Clara, Bethel, and River Road.

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