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Flags ordered lowered Saturday in honor of Rep. Gary Leif

The governor ordered flags lowered Saturday for Rep. Gary Leif, who died last month at the age of 64. [Oregon State Legislature portrait]

Gov. Kate Brown ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff Saturday to honor the life of an Oregon legislator who represented parts of Southern Oregon.

The order coincides with a memorial service for Rep. Gary Leif, according to a news release issued Friday by Gov. Brown’s office. Leif was in his third term representing Oregon House District 2, which includes portions of Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties.

"In the Capitol, I always appreciated working with Gary,“ Brown stated in the release. ”It never mattered to him if we came from different backgrounds or different parties. The most important thing for him was representing the people of Douglas County and looking after their needs."

He was first elected as a Douglas County commissioner but left early to take the place of former Rep. Dallas Heard, who was appointed to a position in the state Senate, according to an earlier news report. Leif was re-elected him in 2018 and 2020.

Leif died July 22 after a battle with cancer, according to the governor’s office. He was 64.