Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today announced that Rob Patridge began serving as district director and general counsel effective May 1, 2010. Patridge succeeds John Snider, who has served as Rep. Walden’s district director since he was first elected and who will continue to serve Oregonians on a part-time basis as Rep. Walden’s director of community relations. This role will allow Snider’s expertise in assisting Oregonians to continue while he enjoys new personal pursuits and gains more family time.
“Rob Patridge’s experience as a state representative, Medford city councilman, deputy district attorney, small business owner, and general counsel for Pacific Retirement Services, Inc. give him a deep understanding of the needs of Oregonians,” Rep. Greg Walden said. “Rob grew up on a ranch in Eagle Point feeding cattle every morning and doing irrigation every day after school. His proven leadership and demonstrated commitment to Oregon will aid me in continuing to serve the citizens of our great state.”
“I am very excited to join Representative Walden’s team and make a positive difference for Second District residents,” Rob Patridge said. “I hope to use my experience to continue the longstanding tradition of excellent service by Representative Walden to the people of Oregon. Growing up in the Second District and doing my very first college internship with Rep. Bob Smith, I know what a profound impact an engaged and effective representative can have on the prosperity of the people in his district. I am humbled by the opportunity to help a dynamic and intelligent leader like Greg Walden serve the people of southern, central, and eastern Oregon.”
“I am very happy that John Snider will continue as director of community relations on a part-time basis,” Rep Walden said. “His experience will provide continuity and a smooth transition as Rob joins our team. John has proved himself to be a dedicated servant to the people of the Second District. I know he is looking forward to the opportunity to spend more time with his family, but I am also happy that I will continue to be able to lean on his guidance as he remains a key member of our team.”
“While working with Greg Walden, I have shared his passion in serving the people of Oregon and our nation. Nobody works as hard as he does to get things done for the people, not only in his legislative role, but also with his unequalled constituent service,” John Snider said. “I feel very fortunate that I have been given an opportunity to stay meaningfully involved, yet carve away some much-needed time for family and friends. I feel like I am leaving a great job to take a dream job.”