Longtime legislator who focused on health care dies at 85

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Mitch Greenlick, a longtime state representative who played an influential role in Oregon’s health care policies, has died at age 85. House Speaker Tina Kotek says in a statement that Greenlick died Friday night after battling a number of health issues. Kotek says Greenlick, a Democrat who had represented northwest Portland and northern Washington County in the legislature since 2003, had planned to retire at the end of his term. The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com reports Greenlick founded Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research and directed it for 30 years. Gov. Kate Brown praised Greenlick’s work on health care.