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Retirement planned by state senator Laurie Monnes Anderson after next three sessions.

FILE PHOTO - Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-GreshamWith three years left on the clock, Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, says there's a "90 percent chance" she won't run for re-election in 2020.

The veteran Democratic lawmaker and longtime chair of the Senate's health care committee still has two short sessions and a full convening of the state Legislature to go before her planned retirement.

"It's a lot of work, and I haven't minded it at all," the 71-year-old explained from Chicago when reached by phone. "Whatever the local governments want, I try to get through."

The move is likely to incite a heated campaign for Senate District 25, which stretches from the Rockwood neighborhood in west Gresham to the banks of the Sandy River in Troutdale.

Democratic leadership in Salem still considers the area a swing district, though East Multnomah County has trended to the left during Monnes Anderson's watch.

Monnes Anderson said she's been quietly informing supporters for some time. Political races without incumbents are relatively rare in Oregon, and she wants to give her colleagues in blue plenty of time to prepare.

"I've put 100 percent into this job. I so love Gresham — I just want to do what's right for them," Monnes Anderson noted. "I have really firm convictions, and I actually do make a difference, and that's what keeps me going."

The retired public health nurse attended Gresham High School and later studied biology at Willamette University and the University of Colorado. She previously served in the Oregon House of Representatives.

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