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News Release
ODVA Director Mourns Passing of Oregon State Representative Gary Leif - 07/23/21

Kelly Fitzpatrick, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement this morning concerning the passing of Oregon State Representative Gary Leif:

It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Oregon State Representative Gary Leif. Douglas County and the people of Oregon have lost an extraordinary public servant devoted to improving the lives of Oregonians.

Rep. Leif’s work as a member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee for Transportation and Economic Development helped advance funding for many critical veteran programs and initiatives across Oregon.  His unwavering dedication to the issues closest to his heart and community stand as an inspiration to everyone. Throughout the pandemic and the unprecedented global, national and state events, he was tireless in his advocacy on behalf of Oregon, including those who have served our nation by donning a military uniform. His steadfast leadership and legacy now serves as a reminder that service to others is an integral part of a safe, secure and thriving Oregon for all.

On behalf of ODVA, my thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Leif’s family during their time of great sorrow.