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Walden visiting Bend for town hall meeting for the first time since 2013

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., one of the stewards of the Republican health care legislation, speaks with reporters outside the House Rules Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017, where the final wording of the bill was completed before going to the floor for debate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

BEND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden plans to visit Bend next week for a town hall meeting.

Bend is the largest city in Walden's district, and The Bulletin newspaper reports the Republican has been criticized for not holding a town hall meeting there since 2013.

The critics say Walden has been avoiding Bend because it does not give him the unquestioned support he receives elsewhere in his largely rural district.

Walden's visit will be on April 13 at Mountain View High School.

Town hall meetings held by members of Congress have drawn more attention since Donald Trump was elected president. Several Republican lawmakers have been met by hecklers and organized protests.

The Bulletin reports that protesters have held mock town halls outside Walden's Bend office.

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