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Kate Brown - Oregon Secretary of State

Kate Brown hugs fellow law maker after the passage of two gay-rights bills in Oregon.

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Kate Brown - Oregon Secretary of State:

Kate Brown was elected Secretary of State for Oregon and took office in January 2009. She is the highest ranking openly bisexual elected politician in the United States.

Kate Brown - Openly Bisexual - Second in Command:

In Oregon, the Secretary of State is the second highest political post in the State. Should something happen to the Governor, by Oregon law, the Secretary of State has the authority to act on his behalf. The Secretary of State also oversees the elections, acts as state auditor, is the public records administrator and works to oversee state-owned lands.

Kate Brown's Political Career:

Kate Brown served in both the House of Representatives and the Oregon State Senate, first entering public office in 1991. She became Oregon’s first woman Senate Majority Leader in 2004

Kate Brown - Advocate for GLBT Rights :

Kate Brown has sponsored several gay rights bills in her terms in the Oregon legislation, including Oregon's domestic partnership and civil rights ordinances.

Kate Brown's Personal Life:

Kate Brown is married to Dan and lives with him and his two children. When she is not working, she enjoys skiing and hiking around the Northwest with her family and their dog.

Sources: Oregon Blue Book, The Oregonian, Kate Brown for Oregon

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