When Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned, the job passed to Secretary of State Kate Brown under rules set forth in Oregon's state constitution.
That left Brown's elected position vacant - and, per the constitution, it fell to the new governor to appoint her successor.
A state agency has asked the Oregon State Police to investigate the disclosure of some of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's personal emails to a reporter.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she'll continue a death penalty moratorium imposed by her predecessor, John Kitzhaber, who resigned in an ethics scandal.
Secretary of State Kate Brown took the oath of office to become the 38th governor of Oregon.
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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.
Gov. John Kitzhaber's resignation is official Wednesday but on Tuesday the low-carbon standard bill, officially referred to as Senate Bill 324, will go to the full Senate for a vote. The Democrat backed bill is one that lawmakers say was scheduled to pass. Republicans argue it will hike gas prices.
“The fact that that can clearly be connected to both John and Cylvia, it might be a little harder for Democrats to support it,” Republican Senator Jeff Kruse said.
The departure of John Kitzhaber becomes the 9th time in Oregon history that the office of governor has changed hands for a reason other than an election or the end of a term of office.
John Kitzhaber will step down as governor of Oregon effective 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
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.
Secretary of State Kate Brown issued a statement Thursday about her abrupt return to the state Wednesday from a conference in Washington, D.C. "This is clearly a bizarre and unprecedented situation," she said.
With an ethics scandal weighing him down, embattled Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber decided to resign but then changed his mind, three people with direct knowledge of the situation said.
Oregon's governor said Wednesday that he won't resign over ethics allegations against his fiancee, a statement aimed at quashing rampant speculation he was on his way out.
Brown's abrupt return Wednesday comes as Gov. John Kitzhaber faces calls for his resignation. Brown would become governor if Kitzhaber leaves the office before the end of his term.