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Kate Brown
38th Governor of Oregon
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 18, 2015
Preceded by John Kitzhaber
24th Secretary of State of Oregon
In office
January 5, 2009 â€“ February 18, 2015
Governor Ted Kulongoski
John Kitzhaber
Preceded by Bill Bradbury
Succeeded by Jeanne Atkins
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 21st district
In office
January 13, 1997 â€“ January 2, 2009
Preceded by Shirley Gold
Succeeded by Diane Rosenbaum
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 13th district
In office
November 26, 1991 â€“ January 12, 1997
Preceded by Judy Bauman
Succeeded by Dan Gardner
Personal details
Born Katherine Brown
(1960-06-21) June 21, 1960 (age 56)
Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dan Little
Residence Mahonia Hall
Alma mater University of Colorado, Boulder (BA)
Lewis and Clark College (JD)

I'm committed to the goal of Senate Bill 324, and that is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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I seek solutions, not battles.
My highest priority is the safety of all Oregonians and their communities.
I know what it feels like to be a victim of domestic violence.
Oregonians have many good reasons to be proud of our election system.
Anytime you do something in this arena, whether it's public records or ethics, it's not like throwing a stone in a quiet pond. It's like throwing a boulder.
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We are like petri dishes, where we can innovate, but we want to do it carefully and thoughtfully.
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The challenge is sort of capturing the issues that Oregonians feel strongly about and moving forward on those.
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Rent and the cost of essentials like food and child care are rising so fast that wages are not keeping up.
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When I became governor, I vowed to restore the public's trust.
I know what it feels like to be paid less – substantially less – than the male lawyer in the office next to me.
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My personal view is that I am opposed to the death penalty.
As chief elections officer, it's my job to protect the integrity of the ballot.
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High-quality public education – combined with other appropriate support, as needed – is the best way to achieve the Oregon Business Plan's goal of reducing the number of people living in poverty.
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The chaos and confusion during the waning days of the Kitzhaber administration, as well as the ensuing federal investigations into allegations of misconduct, caused Oregonians to question their faith in their governor and state government.
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If I can save one kid's life, for me, it's absolutely worth it.
Most of my time as a legislator, I served in the minority. So I'm used to getting the heel of a loaf of bread.
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Tackling affordable housing via land use planning won't necessarily solve the problem.
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I have spent my career fighting to make Oregon a place where everyone can thrive.
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We need a more strategic, coordinated, statewide plan that identifies high-demand jobs or industries with a projected under-supply and offer training to get these Oregonians to work.
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I'm very committed to stable and adequate funding for education.
It's absolutely critical that we not only provide support from cradle to career in the education system but also the wraparound services.
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I am very concerned that federal and state air quality programs do not consider public health in regulating certain classes of industrial air emissions.
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I think the bottom line for Oregonians is that cleaner fuels mean cleaner air, and we need that, and we want that.
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I love working the legislative process.
John Kitzhaber was a visionary leader for Oregon.
The Department of Energy is a critical component of our efforts to curtail climate change; that work will be less effective unless we collaboratively rebuild confidence in the agency and its programs.
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Economic growth is important. But we cannot count on economic growth alone to fund the public education system our children need and deserve.
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I certainly think it's really important that folks in the metropolitan area be able to meet the increased cost of living.
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The record shows that I've kept a very steady hand on the helm throughout some enormous challenges.
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Public health and safety are my highest priorities.
We want our students to graduate from high school, but we want them to graduate with a plan, whether it's college or career.
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We need more partnerships like Vigor Industrial and Portland Community College where men and women in search of a career can get the training they need to get hired right out of school.
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My priorities are making sure we reduce class size and close the achievement gap.
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Before swearing in new citizens, immigration officials check to make sure prospective citizens weren't on voter rolls or voted before achieving legal citizenship. A citizenship petition can be denied if they were.
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Any threat to the health and safety of a child in any school or classroom is unacceptable.
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I grew up in a middle-class family. I went to law school.
It's really important that folks be able to speak out.
I'm really pragmatic. That's my reality.
Oregonians expect the state to prioritize the health and well-being of them and their families.
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For me, clean fuels translates into cleaner air for Oregonians. I think that's a good thing.
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We deploy a full arsenal of tools against voter fraud, including long prison terms, heavy fines and deportation. We have checks and balances at all levels of the system. And we have the Department of Justice prosecutors backing us up.
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Under HB 2655, the state is responsible to ensure parents are aware of the purpose and value of assessments and receive notice from their local school districts about their rights and obligations. Educators must engage with parents about the value of assessment and the potential consequences if parents opt out and student participation diminishes.
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State government's efforts to address climate change must include reduced consumption and other conservation measures as water shortages become the new normal.
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Water is the foundation for our economies, communities, ecosystems, and quality of life.
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I pledge to you today that for as long as I am your governor, I will not seek or accept any outside compensation from any source.
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As educators and policy makers, it is important to demonstrate for parents the connection between high levels of student participation in assessment and system accountability – ensuring the success of every student.
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Cities around the United States do not have land use planning like we have in Oregon, and they are all struggling with issues like affordable housing.
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I realized I could make a difference. I could be their voice; I could fight for them… There's no better place to fight for working families than the governor's chair.
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I know what it feels like to represent clients who can't get restraining orders on abusive partners.
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Every child has a right to learn in an environment that is safe.
Oregonians continually demonstrate a strong belief in fairness and equal treatment under the law.
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No individual, regardless of where they live or whom they love, should suffer discrimination.
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Most public officials work hard to serve the public good and abide by Oregon's ethics laws.
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We need to quit arguing about whether the glass is half full or half empty – and instead acknowledge that there's not quite enough water to go around.
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Imagine trying to learn without a dry place to sleep, eat, and do homework. Children cannot succeed in school if their lives out of school are in total chaos.
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