Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, a Democrat, announced Wednesday afternoon she will run for the congressional seat from which Peter DeFazio is retiring.

DeFazio announced his retirement on Wednesday morning.

Hoyle said in a statement DeFazio will go down as a "giant among Oregon leaders."

She said DeFazio is irreplaceable, but said she would file as a candidate for the seat because Oregon needs a continuation of his strong leadership.

"Nobody can fill Peter DeFazio’s shoes. But I am determined to do all I can to ensure that his dedication to our people and communities, his strong and principled leadership, and his track record of putting the needs of hard-working Oregonians first will continue," Hoyle said.

Hoyle has served as Labor Commissioner since 2018. Prior to that, she was state House Majority Leader representing a Lane County district.

She lives in Springfield.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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melrosereader

I can hardly wait for her to shred Alek.

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