Secretary of State Kate Brown took the oath of office to become the 38th governor of Oregon.
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Governor Kate Brown announced members of her Executive Team on Wednesday.
Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley made the following statement after Kate Brown was sworn in as Oregon’s Governor.
"Today our state starts a new chapter with Governor Kate Brown at the helm. She brings vast experience to the challenge and I know she will hit the ground running.
Oregon's incoming governor, Kate Brown, says efforts are needed to restore trust in government in the wake of an ethics scandal that prompted the resignation of John Kitzhaber.
Lawmakers are looking at legislation that would require Oregon employers to give their workers a full week of paid sick leave.
Legal experts say a subpoena used in a federal grand jury investigation into Oregon's fallen governor and his fiancée indicates that authorities are investigating possible violations of public corruption laws and financial crimes including wire or mail fraud, bribery and tax evasion. The subpoena was sent to the state's administrative agency on the same day Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation.
Secretary of State Kate Brown will become the 9th person in state history to become Oregon governor by succession.
And Gov. John Kitzhaber becomes the first sitting governor to leave the office early for a reason other than death, illness or higher office.
Longstanding Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced he'd be stepping down from office Friday, and many Oregon officials sent out statements reflecting on the Governor's service to the state.
"Oregonians deserve nothing less than a full and fair investigation of all the facts, as well as the opportunity to reach a resolution that will truly allow our state to move forward," Ellen Rosenblum said in a statement.
The resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber instantly promoted the liberal Democrat who is next in line to succeed him: the 54-year-old secretary of state who has long been thought to have her eye on Oregon's top elected position.
John Kitzhaber will step down as governor of Oregon effective 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is showing no sign of walking away from a decades-long political career despite losing support from most of his party's leadership over allegations his fiancee used their relationship to land contracts for her green-energy business.
Just weeks after being sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber finds himself fighting for his political life over allegations his fiancée used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business and failed to report income on her taxes.
Oregon's top Democrats urged Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign Thursday, saying he cannot lead the state effectively amid a growing ethics scandal involving his fiancee, a green-energy consultant suspected of using their relationship to land contracts for her business.
State Treasurer Ted Wheeler has called on Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign.