Tina Kotek has been sworn in as Oregon’s 39th governor.

She gave her inaugural address inside the Oregon State Capitol following House and Senate sessions earlier in the morning where new and returning members of the Legislature took their own oaths of office.

Kotek, a Democrat, won a close race against Republican Christine Drazan and Independent candidate Betsy Johnson last November, becoming Oregon’s first openly lesbian governor and among the first openly lesbian governors in the nation.

She was optimistic in her inaugural address, hopeful that her administration and the Democratic-led Legislature in its upcoming session would address homelessness, crime, education and renewing trust in the state government.

“Oregonians in every single corner of our state are demanding better. They want to see the idea of Oregon … Land of Promise — match up with the realities in their everyday lives,” she said. “So do I.”



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