Greg Walden has been a huge friend to radio in Washington, DC. The former radio station owner announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election to his Oregon House seat once his current term expires at the end of this year.
In a two-minute video that looks like it was shot in his yard back home, Walden said 2019 will put a cap on 30 years of public service. He said he’s given it his all.
Walden went on to say that based on recent polling he’s confident he could earn another term but the time has come for him to pursue new challenges and new opportunities.
The Oregon Republican is the Ranking Member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
NAB CEO Gordon Smith, also from Oregon, said he was lucky to have served with Greg Walden in both the Oregon legislature and in Congress. “I can honestly say he is one of the finest public servants I’ve ever known. Greg’s career has been defined by success — as a committed local broadcaster, as a bipartisan political bridge builder, and as a brilliant legislator. Congress is a better place because of Greg Walden, and I’m certain he will make a positive difference in whatever path his future may hold.”