In a widely-expected decision, the Multnomah County Commission today appointed State Rep. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) to replace former State. Sen. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland) in Senate District 23, which covers parts of Northeast and Southeast Portland. Dingfelder resigned last month to join Mayor Charlie Hales' staff.

Here's today's announcement from the Senate Democrats:

“Michael Dembrow will be an extraordinary state senator,” Senate President Peter Courtney said. “He’s very versatile. He’s talented. He’s learned. Much will be expected from him and I know he will deliver. We’re ready to get him sworn in and put him to work.”

In the House, Dembrow was the chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and was a member of both the Rules and Energy and Environment Committees. For the remainder of the interim, Courtney said, Dembrow will serve as chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee; and as a member of the Judiciary Committee and the Ways and Means Sub-Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. He is also a member of the Oregon Workforce Investment Board.

Dembrow, 62, was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2008.A swearing in ceremony has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Senate Chambers at the Oregon State Capitol.