Kate Brown


Assumed office in 2015, becoming Oregon’s 38th governor; won 2016 special election. She was reelected in 2018.

Early Years: Born 1960, in Madrid, Spain; raised in Minnesota

Education: Mounds View High School; University of Colorado, Boulder; Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark

Career: practiced family law; taught at Portland State University; served 17 years in the state legislature: 5 years in the Oregon House of Representatives, 12 years in the Oregon State Senate; in 2004 became the first woman in Oregon history to serve as Senate Majority Leader; Oregon Secretary of State.

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About Oregon

Nickname: Beaver State

Capital: Salem

Population: 4.1 million

Size: The state covers 98,381 square miles

Economic drivers: Agriculture, forestry, technology, salmon fishing, tourism

Did you know? Oregon's only national park, Crater Lake National Park, is comprised of the caldera surrounding Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the country

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