Mike McLane, the House Republican leader from Central Oregon, has filed for re-election.
McLane, R-Powell Butte, was first elected to the state House in 2010. When he was re-elected in 2012, House Republicans chose him as their leader. He represents House District 55, which covers parts of Deschutes and Crook counties, as well as portions of Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties.
“I enjoy the job both as legislator and Republican House leader,” he said. “It's a privilege to get to represent Central Oregon.”
According to a news release, if elected to another term McLane would focus on two areas: making state government an ally to small businesses and controlling the costs of state programs.
“The Great Recession still lingers in part in my district, and we really have to deal with the fact that there hasn't been economic recovery in rural areas like there has been in metro areas,” McLane said. “I want Oregon to prosper, and I want my kids to graduate from college and choose to come live in rural Oregon to raise their families because they have job opportunities that allow them to pay the bills and prosper, and it's important to me that we make sure that agriculture and the timber industry and the cattle industry are absolutely advocated for.”
He pointed to his district's many small businesses and how important they are to the local economy.
“All too often state government can be antagonistic with some of its regulations that are more applicable in metro areas,” he said. “I'd like to streamline that.”
McLane serves on the Joint Committee of Ways and Means, which determines state budget policy and creates the biennial budget.
“I'm a budget guy,” he said. “My goal is to make sure that we get the biggest bang for our public buck, and that means we have to address some of the cost drivers. ... We're not out of the woods. We need to have a continual effort in making sure that we have the state government that we can afford, and I'm concerned right now that we have a state government that is still based upon revenues from a different era.”
McLane was a central figure in the regular legislative session at last month's special session when lawmakers wrangled over the “grand bargain,” in which Republicans wanted more reforms to public employee pensions and Democrats fought for increased taxes.
In addition to his work as a legislator, McLane is an attorney for Miller Nash LLP in Bend and is an officer in the Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing, which is based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls. He grew up in Condon and earned his bachelor's degree at Oregon State University before graduating magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School. McLane lives on a farm in Powell Butte with his wife, Holly, and their three children.