In Short

Jeff Reardon calls it quits after decade in Oregon state House

By: - November 18, 2021 4:58 pm

State Rep. Jeff Reardon, pictured in the House gallery with his wife, Annette Mattson, announced his retirement Thursday. (Reardon campaign)

Portland Democrat Jeff Reardon plans to end his legislative career next year after a decade in the Oregon House. 

Reardon, elected in 2012, said he plans to focus on his three grandchildren, travel and public service in his community after he finishes his term at the end of next year.

“Serving the people of District 48 has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” Reardon said in a press release. “This opportunity has allowed me to grow in ways I never imagined as I worked to meet the needs of my constituents, but the work doesn’t end with me.”

Reardon is a retired high school teacher who also worked as a technical writer for Beaverton-based Tektronix and served in the Navy from 1966-70. 

His work in the House centered on environmental protections and education. Reardon championed efforts to expand career technical education and establish the Oregon Bee Project, a collaborative effort among several state agencies to improve bee health. 

Earlier this year, he sought an appointment to the state Senate to replace Shemia Fagan after she was elected secretary of state. Reardon stepped aside to support now-Sen. Kayse Jama. 

Reardon was the second legislator to announce his retirement Thursday, and one of a running list of about a dozen who won’t run for another term. Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, announced Thursday he wouldn’t seek a third term, joining fellow retiring state Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, and Sens. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, and Lee Beyer, D-Springfield.

Sens. Chuck Riley, D-Hillsboro, and Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, and Reps. Bill Post, R-Keizer and Brian Clem, D-Salem, have resigned. House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland and Sen. Betsy Johnson, an independent from Scappoose, are running for governor.

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Julia Shumway
Julia Shumway

Julia Shumway has reported on government and politics in Iowa and Nebraska, spent time at the Bend Bulletin and most recently was a legislative reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times in Phoenix. An award-winning journalist, Julia most recently reported on the tangled efforts to audit the presidential results in Arizona.