Oregon’s House members vote for impeachment, with 1 exception

By OPB staff (OPB)
Jan. 14, 2021 3:05 p.m.

Republican freshman Cliff Bentz stuck with President Donald Trump.

All but one of Oregon’s U.S. House members voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Freshman Rep. Cliff Bentz, the lone Republican in Oregon’s Congressional delegation, voted against impeachment. Bentz also voted to object to the presidential election results last week after the armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.


“I continue to share the emotions many are feeling in the aftermath of the unprecedented and unacceptable violence this past week,” Bentz said. " But the current rush-to-judgment impeachment proceedings have only succeeded in dividing our country even more.”

The four Democrats in Oregon’s House delegation all voted in favor of impeaching Trump.

Rep. Kurt Schrader initially told House colleagues he planned to vote against impeaching Trump again, and he infuriated many activists and fellow Democrats by describing the potential vote as akin to a “lynching” in a House caucus call.

He swiftly apologized for the comment and reversed himself.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici called the people who attacked the Capitol last week “armed domestic terrorists.”


”The events that unfolded that afternoon were dangerous, terrifying, unprecedented and unAmerican,” she said.

Another Democrat, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, said Senate Republicans told Trump there would be no consequences for breaking the public trust when they opted not to convict him when the House first impeached the president in 2019. He also pushed for a criminal investigation into the president’s behavior.

Rep. Peter DeFazio said the insurrection was “not a one off, but a long-time coming.” He noted that Trump has repeatedly, for months, repeated the falsehood that the election could be stolen. He reminded his colleagues that Rudy Giuliani, a Trump friend and legal advisor, had called for “trial by combat” at the rally that led into the march on the Capitol, and that Trump and his lawyers had filed numerous failed legal challenges against the election results.

“This was part of a plan to disrupt the Electoral College of the United States,” he said.

While Bentz stuck with the party line Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican whose district includes much of Southwest Washington, was one of 10 Republicans who voted for impeachment.

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Portland Democrats, have said they will vote to impeach Trump.