from Rep. Mike McLane, Oregon House Republican Leader
Salem–Oregon House Republicans unanimously voted on Wednesday, Nov. 20 to elect Rep. Wally Hicks (R-Grants Pass) as caucus whip.
“I look forward to working closely with Rep. Hicks to advance our legislative agenda,” House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) said. “I’m pleased that our caucus chose to make him an official part of our leadership team.”
Hicks, 37, was a U.S. Marine Corps officer and an Iraq War veteran. He is the second veteran of that conflict to ever serve in the Oregon Legislature.
Upon being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps at the rank of Captain, Rep. Hicks worked for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation in Washington D.C. as a volunteer law clerk. He then enrolled at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene.
After his graduation in 2008, Hicks began working as a Deputy District Attorney for Josephine County. In that role, he prosecuted high-profile cases involving juvenile offenders.
Hicks was elected to represent House District 3 in 2010 and elected to a second term in 2012. He lives in Grants Pass with his wife Laura and their daughter Josephine.