Johnson To Leave Legislature For CEO Position With OBI

Oregon State 52nd District Representative Mark Johnson will be stepping away from that position to take on a new role as President and CEO of Oregon Business and Industry.  Johnson accepted the position with the business lobbying group that came together when Associated Oregon Industries and the Oregon Business Association merged this summer.  The Hood River Republican said he did not seek the position and had planned to seek re-election to the seat he has held since 2011.  Johnson has not yet officially resigned his legislative position, but he hopes to continue through the end of October, especially as the Gorge Recovery Task Force begins its meetings this week.  He officially starts his OBI job on November 1.  Once he resigns commissioners of the three counties in District 52, Hood River, Clackamas, and Multnomah, will have 30 days to appoint a replacement.  Johnson said he will continue in his position on the Hood River County School District board.