WASHINGTON, D.C. — Over the weekend, Congressman Cliff Bentz was officially sworn in as a member of the 117th U.S. Congress, representing Oregon's Second Congressional District.
Bentz, a Republican, was elected in November after beating Democratic candidate Alex Spenser. He replaces longtime Congressman Greg Walden, who announced last year that he would retire from politics instead of seeking another term.
"Today brings to a close my 30 years in public service," Walden posted on Facebook over the weekend. "I’m thankful for the trust voters placed in me. Working together we’ve found common ground and solved many problems."
The massive 2nd District encompasses most of south, central, and eastern Oregon. It has become the state's only reliably Republican federal seat in recent years.
“It is an honor to represent the citizens of Oregon’s Second Congressional District, and I humbly thank them for entrusting me with this responsibility,” said Bentz. “I will fight every day to protect rural communities and stand up for Oregon values in Congress.”
Bentz was accompanied at the swearing-in by his wife, Dr. Lindsay Norman. Bentz formerly served as a state Senator in the Oregon legislature.