Statesman-Journal: Senate president credited for animal-rights legislation

Peter Wong
Sunday, August 22, 2010

The pet dachshund of Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, has died.

But Yoda was the apparent inspiration for a series of bills that are now part of Oregon's law books.

Yoda became part of the Courtney household a decade ago.

"No matter how tough our days may be, Yoda showed us the brighter side of life," Courtney wrote as Yoda was named "pet of the week" by the Humane Society of the United States on July 18.