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State legislator takes break from service to donate – a kidney

Oregon State Capitol rotunda (Salem Reporter/file)

SALEM - When state Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell of Astoria won election to the Oregon House to represent the north coast, there was a lot flying through her head. 

On election night last Nov. 6, she thought of the people who made her campaign a success: her friends and family, her staff, her constituents.

And she thought about her kidneys.

She realized she now had a chance in her schedule to do what she has long dreamed of – saving a life by donating one of her kidneys. Next month, that will happen.

Her fascination with organ donation began when she was 16 and she checked that box on her driver’s license that made her an anatomical donor. 

“I remember thinking . . .