Chamber to host Secretary of State Kate Brown

Sept. 14, 2011

The Honorable Kate Brown, Oregon's Secretary of State, will be speaking at the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce monthly government affairs breakfast, Sept. 22 at 7:30 a.m.

"My focus will be on presenting the details on the work my agency is doing - in making it easier to do business in Oregon; promoting effectiveness and efficiency in delivering government services to Oregonians and our innovative work in elections," said Brown during a phone interview.

The event is free and will be held in the Gorge Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn.

The presentation will offer a chance for chamber members and the general public to learn more about the issues Brown faces on behalf of Oregonians as one of the state's leading officials.

"I hope that the audience members will ask me about our central business registry and offer comments on how we can become more effective in assisting businesses and creating employment opportunities," said Brown when asked what questions she'd like to address while in Hood River.

According to Kerri Cobb, chamber executive director, in her legislative career Brown has led successful efforts to make Oregon's state government open and more accessible by bringing legislative committee meetings to communities around the state.

Brown has also ensured funding for a comprehensive review of Oregon's ethics laws, spearheaded legislation creating a searchable online database of campaign contributions and expenditures and reformed Oregon's initiative process to reduce fraud and protect the citizen's right to petition their government.

According to Brown, one of the greatest challenges facing Oregon is "how to deliver service more effectively and efficiently with declining resources."

Brown, originally born in Spain and reared in Minnesota, earned a bachelor's degree in environmental conservation with a certificate in women's studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

"I have lived the majority of my life in Oregon," said Brown, "and consider myself a tried and true Oregonian."

Brown later earned her law degree and certificate in environmental law from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

Brown has taught at Portland State University and practiced family and juvenile law. She began her political career when appointed to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1991.

In 1996, after winning election to two more House terms, Brown won election to the Oregon Senate. Two years later, she was elected Senate Democratic Leader and, in 2004, senators made her the first woman to serve as Oregon's Senate Majority Leader.

In 2008, Brown was elected Oregon's 34th Secretary of State.

The event offers attendees the option to order no-host breakfast during the presentation.

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