Senator Arnie Roblan, a Democrat from Coos Bay, has announced that he will not seek reelection to the Oregon Legislature. Senator Roblan stated that after 50 years of public service as a lawmaker and educator, he has decided to retire. Roblan was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2004 and the Senate in 2012. During that time, he has served as Co-Speaker of the House and has been an active lawmaker and problem solver from Tillamook to Coos Bay.
In announcing that he would not seek re-election, Roblan stated it has been an honor to serve the people of the Oregon Coast. Senator Roblan is a former educator and principal of Marshfield High School in Coos Bay. He says he’s retiring and looks forward to spending more quality time with his family. Roblan says he became a government worker because he wanted to see better support for Oregon’s education system. Roblan says one of the high points in his life was getting the Student Success Act passed which helped elevate student scholastic achievement statewide. Roblan has also been working very closely with those who plan to build the $6 billion dollar Jordan Cove natural gas export facility just north of the city of Coos Bay with an anticipated 60 person workforce that is expected to fill two giant natural gas transport ships a week destined for foreign markets. Liquid natural gas is expected to be delivered to Jordan Cove via a 230 mile liquid natural gas pipeline from Malin, OR (well east of Medford) to Coos Day.