SALEM, Ore. --- 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 said in a statement that Greenlick died Friday night after battling a number of health issues.
Kotek said 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.
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.