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The State Capitol in Salem houses the central offices of the Governor. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The State Capitol in Salem houses the central offices of the Governor. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The governor is the chief executive of Oregon. The Oregon
Constitution charges the governor with faithfully executing the laws, making recommendations to the Legislature and transacting all necessary business of government. The governor may veto bills of the Legislature and shall fill vacancies by appointment.

Mike Bonetto is Governor Kitzhaber’s Chief of Staff. Policy advisors include: Daniel Ledezma, Education; Margi Hoffmann, Energy; Kendall Clawson, Executive Appointments; Liani Reeves, General Counsel; Sean Kolmer, Health; Scott Nelson, Jobs and Economy; Duke Shepard, Labor and Human Services; Richard Whitman, Natural Resources; Brett Brownscombe, Natural Resources; Gabriela Goldfarb, Natural Resources; Heidi Moawad, Public Safety; Karmen Fore, Transportation; Cameron Smith, Veterans/Military; Tracey O'Brien, Workforce Policy; Frank Garcia Jr., Diversity and Inclusion Director; Cheryl Myers, Economic and Business Equity Director; and Dmitri Palmateer, Legislative Director. Nkenge Harmon Johnson is the Communications Director and Jan Murdock is the Executive Assistant.


Agency Subdivisions

information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301-4047
Telephone: 503-378-3111
Fax: 503-378-8970
Contact: John Kitzhaber, Governor
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Legal and Legislative Information

Budget Analysis (pdf) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Biography - a brief sketch about the governor's background and role
Agency History - a detailed history of the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog