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Buckley again named Ways and Means Committee co-chairman

Ashland state Rep. Peter Buckley will once again serve as a co-chairman of the Oregon Legislature's powerful Joint Ways and Means Committee, which develops the state government's biennial budget.

Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek announced that they would reappoint Buckley and Sen. Richard Devlin, D-Tualatin, to take the lead in developing the 2015-2017 budget.

“Peter Buckley has the understanding and intelligence it takes to balance Oregon’s budget under difficult circumstances,” said Kotek in a press release. "More importantly, he has the heart and passion required to ensure the legislature continues our reinvestment in public education, makes college a reality for more students, and delivers for Oregon working families."

Buckley, a Democrat,  was first appointed the House co-chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Committee in 2009-10. He served as co-chairman again in 2011-12 and in 2013-14. Courtney first appointed Devlin as the Senate co-chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Committee four years ago. He served as Senate co-chairman in 2011-12 and 2013-14.

Democrats hold comfortable numerical advantages in both the Senate and the House, allowing their leaders to select committee leaders.