Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, will spend a second two-year term representing parts of Central and Southern Oregon in the state House of Representatives after he appeared to win a considerable victory over Democrat John Huddle in Tuesday's election.
McLane was first elected to represent the 55th District in the 60-member state house in 2010. Last year, he served as co-vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Natural Resources and its Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development.
During his campaign, McLane helped sponsor a bill that ensured the Facebook data center in Prineville received tax breaks that were being threatened by the Oregon Department of Revenue. The freshman state legislator also touted his advocacy for the needs of small business owners, ranchers and farmers.
McLane is a partner at Redmond's Bryant, Emerson & Fitch law firm and lives on a farm in Powell Butte with his wife and three children. He was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.
Huddle also ran in Tuesday's election with the endorsement of the Independent Party of Oregon and the Working Families Party. He is a retired school psychologist, the father of two grown children, and launched an unsuccessful bid against Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, in the 2010 election.
The 55th District includes all of Crook County, and parts of Deschutes, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties. A Republican has represented this district in the state House of Representatives since it was created in November 2002.