Tina Kotek


Elected as Oregon’s 39th governor in 2022.

Early Years: September 30, 1966 in York, Pennsylvania

Education: Dallastown Area High School; University of Oregon for a Bachelor of Science in religious studies; University of Washington for master's degree in international studies and comparative religion 

Career: Before being elected to office, Gov. Kotek worked as the policy director of Children First for Oregon, prior to which she was a public policy advocate for the Oregon Food Bank. She also co-chaired the Human Services Coalition of Oregon during the 2002 budget crisis and served as the co-chair of the Governor's Medicaid Advisory Committee. In 2006, she was elected to represent Oregon House District 44. She was re-elected in 2008 and in 2010 with over 80% of the vote. in 2013, Kotek was elected to as Speaker of the House, becoming the first out lesbian to serve as a legislative speaker in the United States. She was re-elected for the two-year sessions in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021. She is the longest-serving speaker of the House in Oregon history.  

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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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