Gov. Kate Brown in her office at the Oregon State Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 in Salem, Ore.

With only days left in her term before leaving office, Gov. Kate Brown announced five appointments to fill judicial vacancies, including two appointments to the Oregon Supreme Court.

During her time in office, Brown has appointed 112 judges, including eight appointments to the Oregon Supreme Court — more than any other Oregon governor.

With the new appointments and retirements of Justice Thomas Balmer and Chief Justice Martha Walters, Brown will have appointed the entirety of the Oregon Supreme Court bench.

Brown said her appointments over the years have represented a diversity of backgrounds and life experiences.

Those appointments include: 

  • 56 judges who are women, 55 who are men, and one who is non-binary
  • 27 judges who are people of color
  • Two judges who are Native American
  • Eight judges who openly identify as LGBTQ+

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