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Walden's departure from Congress could mark the end of 30 years in elected office that began when he won a seat in the Oregon state House of Representatives in 1988

PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon Congressman Greg Walden (R-Dist. 2) speaking at a congressional hearing.Oregon's only congressional Republican is calling it quits.

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden announced Monday morning that he won't run for reelection in 2020, possibly putting a close to more than two decades in the U.S. Capitol Building.

"At the end of this term, I will have devoted 30 years to the important calling of public service; of helping bring people together to solve problems and leave our communities, our beautiful state and our great nation better off for the next generation," Walden said in a statement. "For me, the time has come to pursue new challenges and opportunities."



Walden's decision had been rumored in recent days, but it is likely to come as a surprise to many in Oregon's Republican establishment, some of whom expressed doubts last week when asked about the move. The decision also marks a turnaround for a successful politician who earlier this year said he was focused on winning reelection and helping Republicans reclaim a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

It's also almost certain to set off a dogfight among Republicans over who might replace Walden in the state's only reliably Republican district, and it will likely have Democrats viewing the seat with fresh interest.

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