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Boquist was among the leaders of 9-day walkout by Republican senators

FILE – In this April 22, 2002, file photo, Brian Boquist is seen in Salem, Ore. A formal complaint has been filed against Boquist, an Oregon Republican senator who drew criticism for threatening state police amid a GOP walkout over climate legislation. Sen. Boquist drew criticism earlier this month by saying state police should come “heavily armed” if they attempted to bring him back to the Capitol during a Republican walkout over climate legislation. (Kobbi R. Blair/Statesman-Journal via AP, File)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon state senator and one of the leaders of a nine-day Republican revolt over legislation aimed at curtailing greenhouse gas emissions is facing a hearing by colleagues over threats to state police and the Senate president.

Sen. Brian Boquist, who served in Iraq and is a former military contractor, warned Senate President Peter Courtney that if he sent the State Police to force him to return during the walkout by the minority Republicans, “hell is coming to visit you personally.”

Courtney had asked Gov. Kate Brown, a fellow Democrat, to order the state police to bring the Republicans back so the Senate could reach a quorum.

A Senate special committee on conduct will hold a hearing Monday over Boquist’s behavior.

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