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Politics Oregon governor appoints new Secretary of State Oregon governor appoints new Secretary of State
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.
Politics Kate Brown sworn in as governor Kate Brown sworn in as governor (Photo Gallery)
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.
Politics Senator Jeff Kruse: "Tuesday could be a very interesting day in the Senate.” Senator Jeff Kruse: "Tuesday could be a very interesting day in the Senate.”
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.
Politics Timeline: Ethics allegations against Oregon governor, fiancée Timeline: Ethics allegations against Oregon governor, fiancée
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.
Politics Senate president tells governor to resign: 'This has got to stop' Senate president tells governor to resign: 'This has got to stop' (Video)
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.