"After balancing the tremendous respect that I have for the voters, and above all, my concern for my family, I have reached the decision not to seek another term as District 26 State Representative. I will continue to serve in office until a new representative is elected and sworn in. During my time of service, we’ve accomplished many things that have made this District and our great State a better place. I decided to run in 2008 because I could not find an education reform champion in the Oregon Legislature. Giving low-income and minority children access to a world-class education has been my passion for more than a decade. I am very pleased that last year we were able to pass the most comprehensive package of education reforms in Oregon history giving tens of thousands of parents and students more school choices. I am dedicated to that political struggle. I wish to thank my family, especially my son, my dedicated staff, and all of my friends within the Republican Party. Thank you for the hundreds of messages of support. I will forever be grateful to you for your kindness. Above all, I would like to thank the citizens of District 26 for the privilege of representing you. It is my honor and pleasure to serve you."