SALEM, OR -- Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan will not attend Monday's inauguration of Governor-Elect Tina Kotek, under the practice of limiting events where the Governor, Secretary of State and Treasurer are in the same high-profile location. Her office says Secretary Fagan will assume the role of “designated survivor” during the inauguration and will view the ceremony from an undisclosed location.
She issued the following statement on Monday morning:
As a new lawmaker in my first term, I sat in a roundtable in then Secretary of State Kate Brown’s office and helped map out a plan to pass Oregon’s groundbreaking automatic voter registration law. As Governor Kate Brown exits today, Oregon is celebrating the distinction of the highest voter turnout in the nation in the 2022 election. Governor Brown leaves a legacy of trailblazing and lifesaving, and I will miss her.
I am excited to celebrate another trailblazer today, Oregon’s new Governor, Tina Kotek. After serving with Governor-Elect Kotek in the Oregon House when she was the Speaker, I have no doubt that she is eager to cut through the ceremony and get back to work solving Oregon’s biggest challenges. I celebrate her today, not only because of her barrier-breaking accession to Oregon’s highest office, but because of how hard she will work for all of Oregon for the next four years.
Lastly, I want to congratulate all the new lawmakers in Salem today. It was not that long ago that I joined my family on the floor of the Oregon House and took my oath of office. I hope all the new and returning lawmakers take a moment to soak up the excitement and celebration today. Oregon is lucky to have you.
Kotek's swearing in is scheduled for the 1 p.m. Joint Session of the Oregon House and Senate. Deputy Secretary of State Cheryl Myers will attend the inauguration on behalf of the Secretary.