Nation’s First Bisexual Governor Takes Oath of Office in Oregon
The nation’s first openly bisexual governor, 54-year-old Democrat Kate Brown, was sworn in at her office Wednesday morning in Oregon. Democrat Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation a few weeks into his fourth term after criminal and ethical investigations ensued.
Oregon is unlike most states in that is has no lieutenant governor. Under the state constitution, the secretary of state takes over if a governor steps down or dies.
Oregon currently has two openly LGBT state Supreme Court justices, Rives Kistler and Virginia Linder.
“It’s been a tough few months,” the second female governor said in her inaugural address. “The people of Oregon have had reason to question the state government. Oregon has been in the national news for all the wrong reasons. That changes starting today. It’s time for us to get back to work. It’s time to move Oregon forward.”
Brown grew up in Minnesota and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She attended law school at Lewis & Clark College in Portland and then spent 17 years in the State Legislature before her statewide office.
The only other LGBT governor in U.S. history was New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey. He was pressured to announce his sexuality and resign in 2004 amid sexual harassment allegations.
“There is a great deal of work ahead of us, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to it,” Brown said.