But partianship remains strong and makes it difficult to reach middle ground.
Republican State Senator Chris Telfer who reently lost her re-election bid, say the unwillingness to work across the aisle, is frustrating a lot of voters.
"I can tell you there's a swell of people wanting to go to the Independent Party, from the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The two parties are not working together. Look at what happened when we fell of the fiscal cliff. Those who work across the aisle get booted out of office. It's an interesting dichotomy and how you do solve it?"
Telfer's term as a state senator will end mid January. She is considering staying involved politically in other ways and is expanding her CPA practice in Bend.