Patrick De Klotz will be the first general-election opponent for the incumbent, who was appointed to the seat and then ran unopposed in 2014.
Lake Oswego resident Patrick De Klotz announced today that he will seek the Republican nomination for House District 38, the seat currently held by Democrat Ann Lininger.
The race will be a first for Lininger, whose district includes Lake Oswego and portions of Southwest Portland, because she has never faced a general election opponent. A former Clackamas County commissioner, she was appointed in 2014 to fill the House seat vacated by former Rep. Chris Garrett, who resigned to become a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Lininger was elected to a full term later that year without opposition. Among her other legislative duties, she was named as a co-chair of the joint committee that is overseeing the implementation of Measure 91, which legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon. Like De Klotz, she currently works as a practicing attorney, specializing in business law.
De Klotz, 32, is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and has previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Public trust in state government is at an all-time low, De Klotz said Friday. "Partisan politics and cronyism have left Oregonians with elected leaders that seem more interested in serving their interest-group backers and winning the next election than responsibly governing our state and making sure that the individuals and small businesses in our district who are not legislatively connected still have their voices heard.
Im running for state representative, he added, because I believe Lake Oswego deserves someone in Salem who will challenge the status quo, remember that we are Oregonians before we are Republicans, Democrats or Independents, and work to enact good policy regardless of whether a Republican or Democratic label is attached to a particular policy.
De Klotz was born and raised in Portland, graduating from Jesuit High School in 2002. He attended Gonzaga University and graduated magna cum laude in 2006. He received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School in 2009.
Following law school, De Klotz worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as a member of the Office of Information Policy. He is now employed as a business attorney.
De Klotz and his wife, Shea, live in Lake Oswego with their 2-year-old daughter, Jill.