Betsy Close

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Betsy Close
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 8th district
In office
October 26, 2012 – January 2015
Preceded by Frank Morse
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 36th (through 2002), then 15th district
In office
Preceded by Carolyn Oakley (before redistricting)
Succeeded by Andy Olson (after redistricting)
Personal details
Born (1950-05-04) May 4, 1950 (age 67)
Shelton, Washington
Political party Republican
Website Senate website

Betsy L. Close (born May 4, 1950) is a Republican politician currently serving in the Oregon State Senate.[1] Close was sworn into office in October 2012, replacing Frank Morse, who retired before his term ended.[1][2] Prior to serving as Senator, Close served four terms as state representative and taught in Albany, Oregon, and Washington state.[1]

In October 2013 she announced she would run for a full term.[3] In the November 2014 election, Close was defeated by Democrat Sara Gelser.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Betsy Close sworn in as Oregon's newest state senator". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. October 26, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Cole, Michelle (October 10, 2012). "Former Oregon Rep. Betsy Close chosen for vacant Senate seat". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
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  4. ^ Mapes, Jeff (December 23, 2014). "Democrats Chuck Riley, Sara Gelser look to change politics in Oregon Senate". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 

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