Kruse Resigns From State Senate



Oregon State Senator Jeff Kruse has resigned.  In a statement yesterday Kruse said while he still denies allegations of sexual misconduct outlines in an independent investigation that came out this week, he has resigned so his colleagues can focus on serving the state.  Kruse has represented Curry, Coos, and parts of Douglas, Josephine and Jackson counties for 22 years.  

 Statement from Senator Jeff Kruse

For civil rights to be meaningful, there must be civil rights for all people, including the right to fundamental fairness for persons accused of harassment.

In recent weeks there have been allegations that I harassed female colleagues while talking to them in public areas of the Senate.  I continue to deny these allegations and I regret that I will not have the opportunity to defend myself before the Senate Conduct Committee.  However, today I tender my resignation so my colleagues may focus on serving Oregonians without distraction and my constituents may receive the fullest representation they are due.

Serving the people of Curry and portions of Coos, Douglas, Josephine and Jackson counties for the past 22 years has been the greatest honor of my life.  I have been proud to serve alongside my colleagues in the Oregon House and Senate, and I am very proud of my accomplishments in healthcare and education.  I look forward to returning to the wonderful community that has supported me for over two decades.