Two decades ago, Kate Brown looked forward to shaping legislation and budgets as the would-be president of the Oregon Senate.

A few Republicans objected to the ascension of Brown, then the Democratic leader, as presiding officer of an evenly divided Senate in 2003. So she lost the job to fellow Democrat Peter Courtney of Salem, who had not expected to get it. He kept it for 20 years.

Read more about Oregon’s governorship and Tina Kotek’s swearing in from our Reporter’s Notebook on Page A9.


“When I decided to pursue reporting as a career five decades ago, I did so while living, learning and working in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. But aside from the fact that most young reporters do not get their start in those cities — at least back then — I felt something was missing. That was a more intimate connection with readers and audiences that cannot be acquired from working in large metro areas. So I’ve spent my entire reporting career with news organizations in smaller cities. “Pamplin Media Group is that rarity that combines local journalism in two dozen communities with the reach of a larger organization in a mid-sized metro area. Yes, I report on Oregon government and politics, but I do it with a sense of the readers living and working in our communities.”

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