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Les AuCoin On His Life In Oregon Politics

Les AuCoin in 1986.

Les AuCoin spent 18 years representing Northwest Oregon in the U.S. House, at a time when issues like the spotted owl and forest management were looming large. 

He ran for the Senate in 1992, lost to Bob Packwood, then watched as a sexual misconduct scandal swept Packwood from office three years later.  AuCoin had to let the painful loss go, a practice he used on other disappointments in life. 

AuCoin gives many details of his journey in the book Catch and Release: An Oregon Life in Politics.  We get an in-studio visit from the former legislator and broadcaster (he even hosted The Exchange a few times in the past).  

On the road: Les AuCoin has book events on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7 PM at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 5 PM at Barnes and Noble in Medford.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.