SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s House of Representatives elected a new Speaker of the House on Tuesday as the 2022 legislative session convened at the state capitol in Salem.

Democrat Representative Dan Rayfield of Corvallis was officially nominated by Democratic representatives for the post two weeks ago.  He beat Rep. Janelle Bynum of Happy Valley, who had hoped to become the first Black speaker of the House in state history.

Rayfield replaces Tina Kotek, who resigned to run for governor.

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