Otter Appoints Batt to Takasugi's Seat


Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced today that he has appointed Republican Gayle Batt to fill the seat of Rep. Pat Takasugi, who died earlier this month after a battle with cancer.

Batt, a Wilder resident, had been filling Takasugi's District 10 seat since January 2011, when he was forced to take a leave of absence for medical treatment. During the last legislative session, Batt served on the House Business, State Affairs and Agriculture committees.

She holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural business management from Oregon State University and was Takasugi's campaign manager during his 2008 and 2010 campaigns.