Merkley seeking to change Oregon law so he can run for president and Senate in 2020: report

Merkley seeking to change Oregon law so he can run for president and Senate in 2020: report
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Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates More than 30 Senate Dems ask Trump to reconsider Central American aid cuts Long-shot goal of nixing Electoral College picks up steam MORE (D-Ore.) is quietly lobbying Oregon state lawmakers to change a law that would prevent him for running for president in 2020 and reelection to the Senate at the same time, according to the Willamette Week.

Oregon Revised Statutes 249.013 states that "A person may not be a candidate for more than one lucrative office to be filled at the same election," meaning Merkley would have to give up his Senate seat to run for president in the upcoming cycle.

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Merkley, who was speaker of the Oregon House in 2007, may reach into his reserve of support in the chamber to try to change the law, according to Willamette Week. But the more conservative state Senate may not be so willing to go along with the plan. 

Merkley’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

"Sen. Merkley has been approached by Oregonians who have expressed interest in changing the law," Merkley spokesman Ray Zaccaro told Willamette Week. "He agrees this is something that should be addressed."

New Jersey passed a law earlier this month allowing any U.S. senator or member of the U.S. House from the Garden State to appear on both the primary general election for their respective office in addition to the presidency. The move was widely seen as paving the way for Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' 2020 Dems ratchet up anti-corporate talk in bid to woo unions MORE (D-N.J.) to run for president in 2020 as well as for reelection to the Senate should he fall short.

Should Merkely decide to run, he would likely join a crowded field packed with higher profile names, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris 2020 Dems ratchet up anti-corporate talk in bid to woo unions Resurfaced Buttigieg yearbook named him 'most likely to be president' MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Wage growth shaping up as key 2020 factor for Trump Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTim Ryan doesn't back impeachment proceedings against Trump Schiff: Democrats 'may' take up impeachment proceedings Trump claims Democrats' plans to probe admin will cost them 'big time' in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' Tulsi Gabbard fundraises off 4/20: 'Appalls me' that feds consider marijuana illegal MORE (D-Calif.), Booker and more.