Mark Owens moves into state representative slot for Malheur County

State Rep. Mark Owens, formerly a Harney County commissioner, is getting his first taste of state legislating as the short session begins this week in Salem. (Submitted photo)

VALE – Mark Owens is the first to admit he will face a learning curve as the short legislative session opened this week.

Owens, a former Harney County commissioner, was appointed to the vacant House District 60 slot on Jan. 21, replacing Lynn Findley. Findley has moved to the Senate.

The House seat had been held by a Malheur County resident for nearly 50 . . .