Jason Kropf

Jason Kropf

Rep. Jason Kropf, D-Bend, has been named chair of the House Interim Committee on the Judiciary as part of a pre-election shuffle of roles announced Friday by House Speaker Dan Rayfield, D-Corvallis.

All the assignments announced Friday are effective immediately, Rayfield said in a statement. 

Kropf, first elected in 2020, is running for re-election. He was the first Democrat in a decade to win the House District 54 seat in Bend.

A former Deschutes County deputy district attorney, Kropf will lead the panel shaping possible legal legislation that could be introduced in the 2023 session.

The assignments could be changed again depending on the outcome of legislative races on Nov. 7.

Interim committees meet between sessions to hold informational hearings and discuss "legislative concepts" that can become bills once the session opens. 

Rayfield's office said the changes would allow some of the younger members to move up to more important roles. Several lawmakers who are not running for re-election to the legislature stepped down from being chair or members of committees.

Kropf takes the gavel from Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, who was named chair of the newly renamed House Interim Committee on Economic Development and Small Business.

Rep. John Lively, D-Springfield, the committee's chair, will become vice-chair.

Other key moves:

• Rep. Julie Fahey, D-Eugene, will chair the House Interim Committee on Rules, which controls the legislation and other work involving internal legislative functions.

• Rep. Maxine Dexter, D-Portland, will chair the House Interim Committee on Housing.

• Rep. Lisa Reynolds, D-Portland, will chair the House  Interim Committee on Human Services.

• Rep. Andrea Valderrama, D-Portland, will co-chair the Joint Emergency Board Subcommittee on Human Services. She will also become co-chair of the Joint Interim Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services.

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