|38th Governor of Oregon|
February 18, 2015
|Preceded by||John Kitzhaber|
|24th Secretary of State of Oregon|
January 5, 2009 – February 18, 2015
|Preceded by||Bill Bradbury|
|Succeeded by||Robert Taylor (acting)|
|Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 21st district
January 13, 1997 – January 2, 2009
|Preceded by||Shirley Gold|
|Succeeded by||Diane Rosenbaum|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 13th district
November 26, 1991 – January 12, 1997
|Preceded by||Judy Bauman|
|Succeeded by||Dan Gardner|
June 21, 1960
Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain
|Alma mater||University of Colorado, Boulder
Lewis and Clark College
Katherine "Kate" Brown (born June 21, 1960) is the 38th and current governor of the U.S. state of Oregon. Brown, a Democrat and an attorney, previously served as Oregon Secretary of State and as majority leader of the Oregon State Senate, where she represented portions of Milwaukie and of Northeast and Southeast Portland.
Brown became governor on February 18, 2015, succeeding John Kitzhaber upon his resignation. The Oregon Constitution identifies the secretary of state as the successor when the governor leaves office prematurely.
Early life and career
Brown was born in Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain, where her father was serving in the United States Air Force, but was raised in Minnesota. She graduated from Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota in 1978. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Conservation with a certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1981 and a J.D. degree and certificate in Environmental Law from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 1985.
Brown has taught at Portland State University, and practiced family and juvenile law. She was a family law attorney with Youth, Rights and Justice (formerly the Juvenile Rights Project), a non-profit corporation in Portland, Oregon, providing legal services to children and families with both defense and advocacy programs.
Oregon Legislative Assembly (1991–2009)
Brown was appointed to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1991, filling a vacancy left by predecessor Judy Bauman, who took an executive appointment. She was elected to a second term before being elected to the Oregon State Senate in 1996. Two years later, she was elected Senate Democratic Leader; in 2004, senators made her the first woman to serve as Oregon's Senate Majority Leader.
In July 2007, Brown announced that she would give up her seat in the Oregon Senate to be a candidate for Oregon Secretary of State in 2008. On May 20, 2008, Brown won the election for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State; and, on November 5, she won the general election by a 51–46% margin against Republican candidate Rick Dancer.
Oregon Secretary of State (2009–2015)
Coming into office, one of Brown’s priorities was to perform rigorous performance audits to help balance the budget. In 2008, for every dollar the State spent, performance audits returned $8 in cost savings. In 2010, Brown reported she delivered $64 in cost savings and efficiencies for every dollar invested in the Division.
In 2009, Brown introduced and passed House Bill 2005 to crack down on fraud and abuse in the initiative and referendum system. It gave the Secretary of State more power to prosecute fraud and enforce the constitutional ban on paying per signature on initiatives.
In 2009, the Aspen Institute named Brown as one of 24 "Rising Stars" in American politics and awarded her with a Rodel Fellowship. The program is a two-year fellowship designed to break down partisan barriers and explore the responsibilities of public leadership and good governance.
In October 2012, StateTech magazine highlighted Brown's use of iPad and tablet technology to increase accessibility for voters with disabilities. In 2011, Oregon became the first jurisdiction in the country to use this technology to help voters with disabilities mark their ballots.
In January 2015, Brown submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission in support of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger that had been almost entirely ghostwritten by Comcast, a company that has made a total of over $10,000 in donations to her past election campaigns.
Governor of Oregon (2015–present)
Brown made history becoming the first openly bisexual governor in U.S. history. Brown is the second female Governor of Oregon, the first being Barbara Roberts. Brown is one of three current Democratic female governors, the two others being Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island.
Brown lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband Dan Little. She has two stepchildren, Dylan and Jessie. She identifies as bisexual and was the country's first openly bisexual statewide officeholder.
Awards and distinctions
- 1995 Recipient, Woman of Achievement Award from the Oregon Commission for Women
- 2004 Recipient, National Public and Community Service Award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association
- 2007 Recipient, President's Award of Merit from the Oregon State Bar
- Profiles in Courage by Basic Rights Oregon
- "Kate Brown's deputy, Robert Taylor, takes over as Oregon's acting secretary of state". The Oregonian. February 18, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
- "Kate Brown Sworn In as Oregon Governor, Replacing John Kitzhaber". The New York Times. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
- "Kate Brown Becomes Governor". The Oregonian. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
- "Gov. John Kitzhaber Announces His Resignation". Willamette Week. February 13, 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
- "Meet America's First Openly Bisexual Governor". MSN. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- Tim Fought and Jeff Barnard, Associated Press (February 14, 2015). "Scandal makes ex-Minnesotan next governor of Oregon". Star Tribune. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
- Peter Wong (February 18, 2015). "Calling Kate Brown". Portland Tribune. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
- Schwarz, Hunter (February 13, 2015). "This woman will soon become the first openly bisexual governor in American history". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
- Kost, Ryan (July 10, 2007). "Senator joins secretary of state race". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 11, 2007.
- Bajko, Matthew S. (November 22, 2007). "Political Notebook: Bisexual, lesbian politicians stump in SF". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved May 15, 2008.
- Kost, Ryan. "Says for every dollar the state spent on audits last year, it delivered $64 in cost savings.". PolitiFact. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
- "Enrolled – House Bill 2005". 75th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY—2009 Regular Session. State of Oregon. June 15, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
- Foden-Vencil, Kristian. "Online Voter Registration Celebrates First Anniversary". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
- "Selects 24 "Rising Stars" in Governance For Its Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership Program". The Aspen Institute. July 29, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
- Wong, Wylie. "How iPads Are Making Voting More Accessible in Oregon". StateTech Magazine. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- Woodman, Spencer. "Exclusive: politicians are supporting Comcast's TWC merger with letters ghostwritten by Comcast". The Verge. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
- "Kate Brown chooses next Chief of Staff". KGW.com. February 16, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
- Jaquiss, Nigel (February 16, 2015). "Brian Shipley Will Be Incoming Gov. Kate Brown's Chief of Staff". Willamette Week. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
- Sebens, Shelby (February 20, 2015). "New Oregon Governor Kate Brown to extend death penalty moratorium". Reuters.
- Walsh, Edward (November 5, 2008). "Democrats sweep to capture statewide jobs". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 5, 2008.
- "Walking Bi". Portland Mercury. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
- "Kate Brown, Oregon, 1992". Out and Elected in the USA – The First 30 Years: 1974–2004. Out History. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
- "Kate Brown honored by Oregon State Bar". OregonLive.com.
- Brad Schmidt, "Kate Brown: Next Oregon Governor Described as Tenacious, Personable," The Oregonian, Feb. 13, 2015.
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