SALEM — House Republican Leader Mike McLane on Tuesday announced he plans to seek re-election to the Oregon House later this year.
McLane, a Prineville attorney whose sprawling district is predominantly Republican, was first elected to the House in 2010. House Republicans elected him their leader in 2013 and again in 2015.
In December, McLane gave an impassioned speech at a meeting of political and business leaders in Portland calling for help from urban Democrats to ease up restrictions he says are hampering economic growth in rural Oregon.
He said in an interview if re-elected he would continue asking for leading Democrats to show “political courage” to ease land use laws he says were set up to address issues in Portland and the Willamette Valley.
“What I asked for is look, I know it’s the sacred cow of Oregon, the land use system, but would you be willing to show political courage to make some adjustments to let us have more autonomy east of the mountains?” McLane told The Bulletin.
McLane cited a landmark 2015 bill that ensured taxes would remain low for high-tech businesses that are building data centers in Central Oregon. The bill received help from Senate Finance Committee chair Mark Hass, a Beaverton Democrat, and led to new expansions in Prineville.