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SALEM, OR - Oregon lawmakers packed the House chamber this morning, to witness the swearing in of Kate Brown as Oregon's 38th governor.  Former Secretary of State Brown took the oath of office, administered by Senate President Peter Courtney, following John Kitzhaber's resignation amid mounting ethical and criminal investigations.

 

Read more on Former Governor Kitzhaber's resignation.

 

In her acceptance speech, Governor Brown announced she would distance herself from ethics controversies during her term. "I pledge to you today, that for as long as I am Governor, I will not seek or accept any outside compensation from any source. And, I pledge further, that while I am governor, the members of my household and the members of my staff will not seek or accept any outside compensation from any source."

 

Brown is the first openly bisexual governor in the country, and is Oregon's second female governor.  

 

Former Governor John Kitzhaber has yet to appear publically since announcing Friday he would step down.  

 

Read more on Oregon lawmakers' reaction to Kitzhaber's resignation

 

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