Oregon Senate leader Courtney 
says he’s ‘not going anywhere’

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, speaks in Salem in January 2017.  

SALEM — Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, is out of the Capitol this week while being treated for a hip injury at Oregon Health & Science University, according to his office.

Courtney’s absence occurs as state lawmakers convene in the Capitol for a series of meetings in preparation for the legislative session next month.

The senate president “started having severe hip pain while at an out of state conference in Arizona,” his office said in a statement.

“We expect him to be released in the next few days, and he will likely have to do some physical therapy.”

Courtney “fully expects to be back in time for the February session,” the statement continued. The session starts Feb. 3 and can last up to 35 days.

The 76-year-old has been Oregon Senate president since 2003.

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