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Oregon delegation sees greater access, clout with addition of sixth representative

U.S. Capitol (File photo- National Park Service)

Oregon will get more power to push state needs in Congress and before federal agencies with the addition of a sixth U.S. representative, according to those in the state’s Congressional delegation.

The change also means Oregonians will get more help with their personal matters, from Social Security benefits to veteran health care.

Oregon gets its sixth seat in the House because of the increased population documented by the U.S. Census. That means the lines for the state’s existing five House districts will get redrawn to create the new seat.

Four of Oregon’s five U.S. representatives shared their assessments of what is ahead for the larger delegation. The lone Republican in the delegation, U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz of District 2, declined to discuss . . .